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Feb 20, 2009 8 Comments
Yesterday I woke with a jaw aching from habit and stale useless worry. I woke remembering that I didn't need to clench my way through another day. The big project that I'd worked on for more months than I have teeth in that sore jaw was finally complete. Since the holidays I'd poured countless hours into it. Many a night the past year was interrupted with anxiety over whether or not the finish line was ever going to come, over whether or not I could find a solution to each problem. I was, some might say, getting a little cranky, a little less than civil. I may have even had a mildly manic melt down or two. But despite this and the urging of some friends to walk away, I'd made a commitment and I had to see it through (and this work came with good people and nice perks including the assurance that mortgage payments were made).

The end to the project came just a few days ago. That long chapter is finished or essentially so. It had filled so much of my mind and time, always there, always a concern. Now what? The anxiety will fade but now I've got some time to fill. I'll try to not be too anxious about it.

Today I cleaned the studio. I hope that means just a little bit to you as it means a lot to me. I need a clean space in which to fill that time.
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Still playing with meat...
Lamb Chop on brick, Oil on Panel 8" x 8"


And a new start that reflects the direction the brushes have wanted to go.
Pennsylvania, Oil on Canvas, 48" x 36" - work in progress



Expect to see a bit more of me in the future. Interesting is what things are, I believe, about to get.


p.s. If you're curious, the project was a new site including a content management system (lots of code + database + lots of tylenol) for the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America

DISCUSSION

Martin    Feb 20, 2009  at  11:22 am
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Stress is a biatchhhh. It will be nice to not have to look at the furrowed brow or the crease in your forehead when I’m talking to you. Though I suspect that’s probably more from you trying to understand me than from stress. Oh well, you get the idea.

It’s time to let your hair down and release your Bob Ross!
Woot!

grant    Feb 20, 2009  at  3:47 pm
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....and the new MOA website is brilliant. beautifully serene with plenty of white space. the world needs more white space…..
thank you!

Sadie Valeri    Feb 20, 2009  at  4:24 pm
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Congrats on finishing the project, and on cleaning the studio. I’m the same, I always have to start with an uncluttered space…. I look forward to see what you post next!!

Theresa Rankin    Feb 22, 2009  at  7:41 am
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I stumbled upon your work via…via…via… one sight after another..if you follow. I stopped to read several of the posts and of course view your work. I am so impressed I can barely contain myself…not only do I love what you paint and how you paint it…but your talent to express how you feel through your writing is a joy and an interesting journey to read. You immediately became a favorite and I wish you the very best!

Justin    Feb 22, 2009  at  6:34 pm
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Happy Little Trees… all you need is happy little trees

scott    Feb 23, 2009  at  9:53 pm
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It feels so damn good to be painting, knowing that I can paint tomorrow, the next day and so on. It’s like christmas, but with fewer dishes to clean.

Brad    Feb 26, 2009  at  10:00 am
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Such great creativity coming out; however being a vegan now; any chances of more veggies wink

Dinnerware    Aug 10, 2009  at  1:49 am
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Trees you got a great experience

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