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Snippet Sunday

I haven't been doing anything creative these past couple of weeks, aside from dabbling with a watercolor landscape (Nile-scape). I'm getting frustrated with my inability to produce desired results with watercolors, though.  So today, I laid the foundation for an oil painting.  And I actually had fun.  It doesn't look like much yet, but I'll show a picture so that you'll have a before and after reference and to prove that, yes, I'm finally doing something again.


Another thing that is frustrating me is my writing. I've been stuck at the same spot for, literally, years now.  Since I've picked it up again, I've tried a different lead in to the situation, but I'm still not excited about it.  Frustrating doesn't really cover it, actually.  I thought the brain would have kicked me something to play with by now, but no. :-<  I don't know whether I should set it aside again and pick up my other novel or if I should give it more time.  Perhaps I'll try a new brainstorming activity to unlock the situation tomorrow...

What creative endeavors have you been up to?


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Jul. 21st, 2013 08:19 pm (UTC)
I haven't been doing much lately, apart from photography. The oil painting foundation looks very interesting. Do you have a final image in mind yet?
Jul. 21st, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
I've let my photography lapse, pretty much, but I did get some beautiful pictures of my daughter yesterday. I hope to do a portrait from one of them.

For the pyramids, I'm working from a photo my husband took during our visit back in December. I'm leaning more toward Impressionism rather than realism (otherwise the sky would be pretty flat blue--except for the layer of dust and pollution I mentioned in your post :P), and it is fun to just play with the colors. I've always had a bent toward realism, but I'd like to let go of (or be able to control) the rigidity of exactly reproducing something.
Jul. 21st, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
I like that you say both "let go of" and "be able to control"--two different views of the thing that capture two different aspects of the creation. Letting go, releasing, freeing yourself to try something else, and controlling, guiding, marshaling.

Jul. 23rd, 2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
oh, a portrait would be *wonderful* :)

Jul. 21st, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
Looks like a good start! :)

My guests are going to Legoland tomorrow, so I should be available for brainstorming in the afternoon if you'd like something to bounce those ideas off on.
Jul. 21st, 2013 10:37 pm (UTC)
I left a poem in someone's blog as a comment, but otherwise I haven't done anything creative recently at all. To excited about the trip. Working on gathering stuff together and learning Tetun (for the number of times I mention it, you'd think I'm a fluent speaker by now, which of course I'm not. But it takes up a large part of my brain even when I'm only inching along progress-wise.)

I love the color contrast in your painting start--the reds of the ground, the blues of the sky.
Jul. 22nd, 2013 12:56 pm (UTC)
I look forward to seeing your oil painting develop. The "first draft" of an oil painting doesn't always give a clear idea of the finished product, but I've always felt it was important to get the whole canvas covered.

Re: creative efforts. I've been doing some writing (additional ideas for the Tara draft keep cropping up, distracting me from Daisy). I've had a bunch of musical snippets come to me from dreams. But I'm really stalled with my app programming. I can't seem to design an app with complex graphics that can avoid out of memory or lag problems. I looked at one again yesterday and put it aside. I don't suppose writing projects ever throw up such concrete obstacles, or do they?
Jul. 22nd, 2013 12:58 pm (UTC)
I actually finished an entire beat of the current scene in Lynch, and I'm hoping it reads as macabre to someone outside my head as it does to me. >:-)
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