Friday, August 11, 2006
The second "big show" is merely weeks away. I've posted a piece I just finished for that show and I've yet to decide wheter I should even post it on my website or not.
Preparing works for these shows is an odd thing. I do all this work and some of the pieces I really, really want to post on my website for all the world to see! Okay, maybe just the people that happen to stumble across the website. Point being I wonder how many artists go through the same thing. They know that they've got this work they just finished and it's great, they love it (which doesn't often happen with artists, there's always room for more improvement) and they just want to show everyone. Yet they know that it's probably a moot thing to do since the work will ultimately be shipped off somewhere, to a gallery or a show, and there will only be those specific people that will see it. Unless, of course, it doesn't sell but we don't like to think about those sorts of things, do we?
Was this one of those pieces for me? Um, yes and no. I love the eyes on this owl. In fact, I'm quite sure that I nailed them (did I mention I'm modest, too?) That said, this was the first "larger" bird piece I've done (only completed bird ACEO's up to this point) and the ref pic I had was none to good. Much like the turtle I got about half way through this piece and thought to myself 'Wow Rita. You are a glutton for punishment, aren't you?' Then I reminded myself of the turtle. There's always ugly stages in art and when they're ugly, they're really, really ugly. After some more work, in most cases anyway, the ugliness passes and you're left with something like Mr. Owl here.
By the way, I titled it "Hoo You Lookin' At?" because half the time I wasn't sure what I was lookin' at.