Sea Turtle piece links and creative styles

I’ve been working on a Sea Turtle piece. Rather than posting the same things twice, I thought I would provide a link to the FAB blog where I am writing about the piece and progress.
Sea Turtle beginning is here

Stage two, tyvek stage one, is here

And this mornings post, tyvek stage two, is here

If it seems like I am jumping back and forth between many projects, you’re right, I am. I have found for me the most productive way to work is to keep several projects going at once. Of course this takes up lots of room, but allows me to let each project sit and stew between stages. And it allows me to stay focused and not get distracted too much by the almost summer weather outside.

What’s your creative style? Do you like to work on one project start to finish before the next, or do you find yourself with several projects on the go at once?


Tenacious, adjective, meaning stubborn or persistent.

Hmmm, I think this may possibly apply to me.

By nature I am a slow methodical artist. I like to build things up in layers, one on top of the other. With my drawings and my textile pieces, I work one step at a time, allowing each stage to simmer before I move to the next. When I work with acrylics, I do the same thing. Occasionally, I will work quickly, in textiles, but I have already mastered the medium and know what to expect and what I can and cannot do for the results I want.

I have somehow gotten into my mind that I want to learn to master oils. And with my allergies I have had to move everything for the oils onto the back porch where there is no possiblity of odor lingering. Which means I need to work relatively quickly. And yet, I tenaciously persist in attempting to master this medium. Yes, I like to challenge myself.

This morning I decided to spend some time on the back porch and try another attempt at oils. And you know you’re absorbed in something when you finish and realize you put your mp3 player earphones into your ears, but never turned it on….and you didn’t even notice!

Today’s painting.

I have achieved a modicum of success in creating depth. I have accomplished creating a rock wall successfully. And I am starting to understand that I cannot, at this point, achieve the detail I want, with oil, in one sitting. Perhaps there is yet another technique I need to learn. And so, I persist.

Tenacious, yes, that may just describe me.

Sprained wrist — Take Two

About two weeks ago or so, I managed to sprain my right wrist while working in the yard. Now since I’m left handed, I could still do stuff, most stuff. Of course driving was out for a day or two since I drive a stick shift.

Yesterday I was working in the yard again, raking, planting, mowing fixing the mower. Last night the wrist started swelling and hurting again. Apparently it wasn’t healed and I aggravated it. Anyone have any home remedies, other than the typical RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)?

The good news, it IS my right wrist, and I AM left-handed!