I am not one for excuses. I’ve been working what’s commonly referred to as a ‘shit ton’ of hours. Even today, I worked 14 hours, but I’m too ramped up to sleep. So, it’s a perfect time to post an update. I think. Forgive me if I ramble, or go tangential, because I will, and isn’t that half the fun?
Honestly, I’m not pretending this is a blog more than a dozen people give a second look. Yet, huge Love to the people who do!!
As far as the lino block printing. I’m nearly done with the trial. I just have the third color to print. When I printed the second color, it was a similar situation. I was tired, yet wide awake. I might as well be productive, right? No, not at all. Speaking of right, I screwed up left and right. Literally. Possibly, I achieved a single decent print, out of ten.
And that wasn’t my only mistake. Not even close. On the upside, I’m still planning a little tutorial/video about the whole experience. It sounds so trite to say, ‘Mistakes are Easy, but Success is Hard’, until you realize that’s true. As soon as I finish my taxes and the design of my new Simply B’Lou 4oz bottle label for the manufacturer, I will reprint my blocks, and start another set with what I’ve learned. Priorities.
But, then, there’s my ability to be easily distracted by side projects. And it’s to the best of my ability.
Last weekend, I cleared out some space and set up an array of conveniently pre-stretched canvas.
*btw, all purchased at a deep discount, if anyone recalls my excitement at the time? By following the sales circular of the local art supply outlet, I pounced when the time was right. And it’s paying off on the days I just need to step into my art space and let go.*
After all of the missteps with something so technical as linoleum block printing, I needed a small break. It was time to finally address my long overdue bookkeeping for taxes. Ugh. Such a droll task. At the same time, I relive my entire past fiscal year, transaction by transaction.
Creating the habit of having no excuses puts me on the right path. It’s beyond ‘just do it’. You must back it up with work. Plain and simple. Especially with taxes. And small business.
While I’m not using my year end bookkeeping as an excuse, it is an event which happens to be stalling my progress in the linoleum block sphere. Let me tell you, you cannot take block printing lightly!
At the same time, when it comes to clicking buttons and crunching numbers, and facing the fiscal reality of 2016, I immediately require an outlet for the opposing emotional chaos. Fortunately, this times out well with both my abundance of canvas and liquid acrylics. Tah Dah!
Preparation was quick. A bunch of newspaper on the floor and table, and a stack of leftover canvas. The goal is a relatively decorative piece to replace a piece currently up that I’m planning on putting in storage or relocating. The other important factor is the limited guidelines I set for myself regarding palette.
I have a favorite paint company who put out a booklet that presents a color family. This time, I am going through our house with this specific color booklet right by my side. I would love for the entire interior to be unified. This most recent piece will cover a decent amount of space in our living room. I will be posting photos of the piece on the wall, once it gets there. After taxes. I swear.
In the meantime, here are a few pics of my weekend getaway..
Pieces like this take at least a week to dry. If they were oil, six months. They are so much fun, I have no problem sacrificing the space for a week, or two.