Monday, May 23, 2011

Working Through...

I am more than happy to report that my Italian daughter is home safe and sound. Every day her sister says to me, "Mom. La-la is still here." Yeah. Pretty cool.
Jet lag is getting better. There's nothing quite like watching your child's eyes close during a pause in conversation at the dinner table, and then watching her head slide toward the kitchen chair next to her. Sleep is good.
So is having your child HOME!

I continue in my class of She Art, enjoying each time I put some paint to paper.
Here's my question:
When you begin a project and don't particularly like the way it's turning out, do you stop and move on or do you continue working the project until you like it?

For example:

I want my backgrounds to be much lighter than in previous works.

Somehow, the yellow just didn't cut it with all the other colors to me.

And the green...yecch. Not with that peach from the (xeroxed) book page.

My question to myself is,
Leave it and move on?
Work some more and see what happens?

Cut it up into fourths and re-work each section?

Or, just get over it and start again!!
What do you do?
Happy Monday,


  1. Hmmmmm . . . . you've posed a question for the ages, Lynn! Most of the time I try to rework it ('cuz I have no patience!). But sometimes I'll walk away from it for a couple of days, and then when I see it again, I usually have an "ah-ha" moment.

    Enjoy all of the love that's surrounding you!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

  2. umm, i love the green next to the peach with the yellow. but - it's your creation, and you're the one who needs to love the feel of it! if i'm not happy with what i'm working on, it doesn't matter how many friends tell me they love it, i can't get comfortable with it. sometimes stepping away and then giving it another go helps, sometimes i just scrap it (and then pick it up a few months later loving it...) who's to say. you need to be happy while you're creating it, and happy when you're done with it, i think that's the bottom line.
    i'm feeling daughter envy...as all the college kids start returning to the island for the summer it's like rubbing salt on an open wound without mine being here! enjoy your girls!

  3. I'm so glad you're enjoying Lauren's homecoming. I just knew that little sis would be thrilled. (I forgot to even ask how she did when Doofus and Lucy were across the pond. I guess she must have been just fine.)

    As to the art, I have no creative talent whatsoever so I think what you have done looks colorful and pretty. Loved the use of the primer pages very much.

  4. Glad Lauren is home safe and sound! I think your artwork is wonderful! But if you want it lighter could you maybe add a whitewash over some of the areas or something like that?

  5. I am so glad Lala is home, Lynn. You must be a happy Mama! There is nothing so hard as having our children far away. I just pray Katie falls in love with someone who wants to settle here!

    What about some spray mist on your picture? Just a wild thought as I have never used them myself but I have also never done any painting. I just wondered if a light mist might soften things. Frankly I like the bright, too, but you need to feel good about it.

    Well, Jud is ready to turn off the lights. Guess I better get ready to go to bed, too,

    Love and hugs,

  6. Hi Gal,
    That piece looks great but if you want it lighter, you could just water down some white and apply it til desired over the yellow. I have found that if I am not happy with something, I try 1-2 more things with it, and then move on. I don't like working long on something I'm really not fond of.

    Hugs to you! So glad all is well!

  7. I have no answer for you, but I am delighted to see Peter and Peggy!!!!!!!!!


    Welcome home, Lauren!

  8. I usually keep going. Until it's one big mess! I think it's lovely. But I can relate to something bugging you so fiddle until you like it or can't go any further :)