Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Trials and Tribulations of Making Another World

Another World 18x24  Acrylic On Canvas
Oh my gosh I made it back for another post!  I hope I still have a couple of readers for this dusty ol' blog.  Sometimes it is really hard to keep with all the social media, and I think blogging is especially hard for me.

 I really enjoy it, but it is terribly time consuming.  Not only to write it, but to visit all the awesome blogs that I know are out there.  I wish I had more time!

Now that Emily is here my time is even more limited.  I generally don't have much time to myself.  Computer time is during dinner and nursing sessions, which now that she is 14 months old have become rather infrequent.  Even now, I'm stealing a bit of time, and yet feeling guilty as my husband watches the little nugget.  So I will be brief.  If that is even possible.

This painting you see is already sold.  It is titled Another World and it went to one of my awesome sister in laws (I have 3).

  I had a VERY hard time with this one.  Mainly because she essentially bought it in the very beginning stages, and then I go all weird about how to finish it.  I was terrified that if I changed too much from what she originally saw, she wouldn't like it anymore.  Which is actually fine, as not everyone will like my art of course.  But the main thing was, I would have felt like I ruined it.  Crazy huh?

So I let it sit.  And sit and sit.  In fact months went by before I even attempted to paint it again.   I just could not work on it, and every time I tried I messed it up.  I could not for the life of my get a good background color.  I'm not kidding when I say this paining was every color of the rainbow!

I finally, oddly enough ended up with the original blue background and adding the orange in the middle to break it up a bit.  I ended up covering a lot of what she originally saw, but the main points are still there.  I couldn't help it.  That is just how the piece wanted to be.  And I honestly think it's the best it could be.

Here is what it looked like when she bought it....

A little bit different huh?  Can you see why I was nervous?  So much changed! 

Boy what a relief it is to have it done though!  So glad I finally got the guts to tackle it again.  Once I got that background squared away, the rest just seemed to flow together.  Now she wants me to do another one.  I have the canvas already, but guess what?  I'm afraid to start it.  lol!  Oh well, it will come.  All in good time I suppose. 


  1. Oh, it's beautiful! I love it. I know where you're coming from. When I have to paint for a client, I get so nervous that it hinders the process. Sometimes I let something sit and sit and sit until the 11th hour, and then I let it go. Funny how that happens. I love this painting! Your SIL is very fortunate!!

  2. Thank you Alisa! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who is intimidated by commissions. lol! Now I just have to do her other one. Wish me luck! :)

  3. I know what you mean! There was this painting I took 5 months to do because the lady who commissioned it wanted a piano and I never painted a piano before! Then when i finished the piano I liked it so much but was afraid for the other parts, because I might ruin it! Patsy from
    HeARTworks and

  4. Thank you for sharing and visiting Patsy! I absolutely know where you are coming from of course. :) And that's exactly why I don't offer commission work anymore. If someone asks me I will probably do it, but I certainly won't offer. Way too stressful for me! :)