Monday, September 27, 2010

Paint

The Portable Cushion.  Oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches.  ©k.swenson10

Above, a recent painting of one of the beloved desert cottontails that frequent our backyard.  They look so much more innocent when they aren't devouring my carefully planted flowers and bushes. 

The day that I was going to take to go and play last week ended up being swallowed by business-related chores and responsibilities.  Something came up that had to be taken care of.  I am grateful to be able to help with the household finances, but it does have a way of sucking up time like a vacuum.  So, I have contented myself with playing in the studio, as a fellow artist suggested.  And I dance at night, after a long day.  I also find that sitting down with the sketchbook and a ball point pen does wonders for me.  (perhaps I will remember to scan some of those little sketches, so you can see the fun I had...)  I also take mini-breaks during the day to play ball with Pono the fuzzball dog.  I realize that it isn't the studio that I need a break from.  It's all of those other things - the computer work, the dishes, the endless routine of eating and cleaning up, laundry, bills, etc.  That is the work that weighs heavily upon me.  (Do you think Picasso ever had to scrub out a toilet?  Ever?  I don't.  No wonder he went through so many women....)  The studio time is the time I cherish, whether the day of painting is good or bad. 

I am happy to be able to paint.

6 comments:

Carla Sonheim said...

I really love this rabbit!

Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

What a fabulous rabbit...love the view. I tell you ,,,you hit the nail on head when you said...all of those other things. I get so irritated sometimes when I have to stop and cook something or wash something or pull weeds from something or clean something. I guess that is why male artists get themselves a "wife"....:)

ArtPropelled said...

Oh boy, that rabbit is beautiful!You've painted it so well Karine.
I'm glad you mentioned the daunting, never ending household tasks. They are killers! Always hanging over my head, crushing my creative spirit. I often say artists and writers need wives to run the household so as to free them up to do their art and reach their potential.

Patricia said...

Fabulous jackrabbit, Karine! Chores? Only after I'm done in my studio, never instead!!
Hmmm, sounds like a blog post to me...

Kate said...

i am now following your blog! yay! sorry it took so long! LOVE this rabbit! xoxo

Machelle Blankenship said...

Love that! Love your colors...love it! I'm excited to be following.
machelle