Tuesday, March 19, 2013
seeing red...in more ways than one
Today has been a weird day.
It started off really well - I woke up, slept good, then went to Planet Fitness to work out.
I had a good workout riding the bike for 45 minutes. Until...
Until I went to get into my car, and it wouldn't start.
Okay, I'm pretty laid back.
I usually just try to let things roll off of me.
I don't usually get very stressed.
BUT....we have put over $2000 into this car just since August.
I was seeing red. Lots of red. Frustrated red.
So my trusty husband came and jump-started me and off we went to the mechanic.
Turns out we need a new battery. Another $155.
But worth it for a car that runs and starts when I need it to.
So I got dropped off at my house, and I was so tense.
Just hyped up and couldn't seem to get motivated to do anything.
I decided to make myself some lunch, sat down on the couch
and became a certified couch potato for an hour.
I watched Millionaire Matchmaker and LA Shrink.
Those two crazy shows put my problems into perspective and I felt better.
I finally made it into the studio and finished toning my panels.
And yes, they were red. But a calming reddish-orange, not mean and angry red.
And I slowly began to breathe again.....
Here are a few photos my toning process.
On the left is a SOLD commission still life in the works.
It will be a blue vase of poppies. And the poppies will be sort of a dark fuschia red.
the red you see in that little red frame on the right.
When I tone, I do the panels all at once and they are put everywhere - on top of photos,
on top of a roll of upstanding paper towels, on top of my paints.
I even have one balancing on top of my trash can.
But look at how organized my table looks!
Enjoy it while it lasts...
Oh I'm sorry, I have not one but TWO panels balanced on my trash can.
I even have one lying on top of my brushes.
A semi-arial view of toned canvas everywhere.
I think I toned about seventy-five of those babies.
Now what to do?
More on that later....