My inner paisley

"paisley park" mixed media on canvas, 11" x 14" (see gallery for final posting and price!)

Sometimes it's hard to determine whether I'm finished a piece or not. Sometimes I step back from it for a bit, start something else, go and play frisbee with my dog, put the painting in another room to get a different look at it. If it takes long enough, and I still can't think of what I would like to add, then I usually leave it, sign it, post it and consider it done. I have yet to go back to a painting months later to add something to it. If it doesn't happen in the next couple of hours or days...then I guess that's it. That is kinda how I feel about this one...but now that I've photographed it, and got to look at it that way....I'm leaning more toward 'finished'. But there is another wee painting already started, so maybe I'll work on that a bit and come back to "paisley park" for another gander.

Right now my work table in front of the studio window is strewn with paints, my ink nib, a cup of tea (which I haven't accidentally dipped my brush in yet!), a glass of water, painting water and my palette with a bowl upside down covering a bit of paint. It's a bit of a mess, but it reminds me I'm working on things. This little show is just about complete! Only 3 more canvases left to paint on. If I get a few more ideas, I might add those in, but I really want to get a few more southern Alberta landscapes painted to add to the reprise of "Due South"...to make up for the ones that sold. And also, I was going through my photos from the summer and our trip to the Sweetgrass Hills, and there are some more photos I would like to paint anyhow. And then what? More postcards? Little one-a-days? I kind of have that old car show stuck in my head....I think I need to submit that idea somewhere and see what happens...

Then there are some photos I would like to post too, and it would be sooooo nice just to take my camera and get some interesting shots on Whyte Ave. It's been a long time since I've just gone and taken pictures for future paintings. One project at a time I guess. I wish some days I didn't have to waste time sleeping...