Thursday, May 14, 2009

Progress, Finally

It's been an unproductive two months, to say the least. I've had all day "morning" sickness since the start of March, and it's put a big kink in my painting schedule. Standing at the easel just isn't all that fun when you're dry-heaving, you know?

To be completely honest, it's been a bit of struggle for me to accomplish next to nothing day after day - I've spent more than a few days feeling sorry for myself, which I know is totally useless. I've had a couple of good days over the past week, so I'm really hoping that means I'll start feeling better soon. In the meantime I'm just going to force myself to do as much as I can.

So, I painted today for the first time in weeks. I only lasted three hours at the easel before I had to take a rest, but I got about halfway into a 16x20" painting, and I felt like myself for the first time in ages. It was just so nice to finally PAINT!!

To prove to y'all that I finally did something, here's my in-progress picture (color is way off - sorry). It's got a long way to go because I'm a bit rusty, but I don't care because it was just so nice to finally work on something new.

On a totally unrelated note, I found a bottle of liquin in my studio that I hadn't touched in a couple of months, and was kind of appalled at how nasty it was. I took a picture just to show you all why I try not to use this stuff much in my paintings. See that cloudy yellow congealed nastiness inside? How would that look if it were mixed in with light paint in a painting? Ick. (p.s. Not trying to knock anyone who uses liquin normally - I'm just always surprised at the things this stuff does in the bottle!).

Anyhow, that's all I've got for now. If all goes well, I'll post some more pictures of this painting as I work on it next week.


  1. Hi Stacey, your paintings are breathtaking, I can almost feel the breeze blowing around those landscapes! Liquin? sorry, it's one of my favourite mediums and it's been no problem... so far:)

  2. I'm glad you're starting to feel better, Stacey. Looks like a great start to another beautiful landscape painting!

  3. Stacey, I have had the same problem with my liquin. It turns so quickly! I have been using a gel product, Galkin Gel which I like a lot. Especially like it when I am out in the field. It doesn't "turn" and stays pliable out of the tube. You can use it as a glaze or mixed in with your paint speeds drying.