Wednesday, January 30, 2013

You're Coming Unraveled Over Nothing

© A.K.SIMON - You're Coming Unraveled Over Nothing - 8"x8" oil on linen - $60

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30 day painting challenge - I don't even remember what # painting this is. I'm still working out the details of my painting series "30 days Hath September" – it will get finished! I'm working on one today and I've got the plan for tomorrows. To see all the painter's works in the challenge go here:

I guess there's nothing worse than disappointing yourself. I will not even come close to completing 30 paintings in 30 days, but I did work hard at it. Here's a link to a Robert Genn newsletter that I think is very telling about myself (click here for read it). I think slow, work methodically and find satisfaction from study. I do paint everyday, I just don't finish everyday. Although, there have been times when a painting just flows off the brush and it's done (wish they weren't so few and far between).

OK, done beating myself up over nothing - Thus the title of this painting for today - Sometimes I come unraveled over nothing and I ALWAYS regret it. One good thing abut working on these smooth linen canvas boards is that they work very well with palette knife work. I just thought this piece needed the thickness because of the thickness of the pith (the whole still life is just sitting on some glossy foamcore). I hope you can smell the orange!


  1. I didn't even start!

    Go to some of the other artists with posts on Leslie's blog and you'll find you're in very good company. Painting one a day is a tough proposition. Life gets in the way. Per Robert Genn's post...if you painted one you're really pleased with, then the effort was a resounding success.

    1. Thanks LS - I realized how ridiculous it was to think I could do this when I was wishing the month was over. When I was young and would wish something was over, my Mom would always say, "don't wish your life away". I love painting and was wishing it was over - how dumb is that! I did get a couple of paintings that I rally like though and I will continue with my 30 painting series so some good did come of this.

  2. No No......ganging up on yourself. Your work is careful and thoughtful and has great heart and emotion....the number is irrelevant when you show up to do the work you are "all in" and that is what translates.
    So keep up the great work that you do. I think that was the point of the month. To wake up and pay attention and enjoy ourselves and honor what we do.

    1. Wow, you are such a sweetheart - and thank you for noticing that I am certainly "all in" when I commit to a painting! I will continue to tackle some peony paintings in the spring! Ah, flowers, my true LOVE!


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