Sunday, July 18

Making and Making and Getting stuck

Sometimes creating is pure bliss.
You know, when you're in the zone?
And nothing could be better.
Creating is
the perfect escape.

Like when I finished this piece
for our Friday play friends Julie + Gigi.
It only took me 2 years to finish,
but I finally finished.
So satisfying.

And this commission was fun and simple...

And this piece is for a friend who adpoted a little girl from Kahzakstan.
So fun to create for her. I still need to add a little poem.

and then you just
get stuck.
completely stuck.
totally stuck.

seems wrong
looks wrong
feels wrong

I've gotten a few requests
to create a collage with Joshua 24:15
"As for me and my house,we will serve the Lord."
And I thought of all my little houses.
I liked how it was going in the beginning
and then everything just stopped.

I changed the roof from blue to green to yellow
And now the roof looks too big to me.
I think this painting and I
just need some space.

I wasn't in love with the changes I made to this sailboat,

The contrast and colors in the flowers seemed a little too harsh to me.
so I muted the red by adding some white, brown, and yellow,
which made it more pink.
And I think I like it better.

When I get stuck on a painting
it's always a battle for me
whether to push through the pain,
or get some space and come back later.

I have to admit that most of the time
I leave it.
I have a lot of
unfinished pieces.

But sometimes, when I do force myself to push through
I see a light at the end and
painting emerges
and transitions
into something beautiful.

What a great metaphor for life...

What do you do when you get stuck?


  1. When I get stuck I usually have to walk away from the project totally for for a few days. I have to really hide it so I don't peek at all. When I go back to it, it seems like I am looking at it through fresh eyes.

    Oh, imoho, I liked the deeper color of the flowers. :)

  2. Oh I put it aside and the painting can sit for a year, but that seems to work. I always come back to it. Everything in its own time right? Otherwise I will overwork and wreck it.

  3. Ah, I'm with you there. So many unfinished pieces of work. I do always leave it to avoid further frustration. Love that sail boat. :)

  4. sometimes I do walk away so I can look at it with fresh eyes - and heart!

    I liked how you "saw" what was wrong with the little boat painting. I liked it in the first one, but after you muted the red it was great! Sometimes I know something is wrong with a piece, but can't put my finger on it.

  5. Hi Erin! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog last week. I'm looking forward to catching up on some of your posts.

    Have a blessed week!

  6. Cool stuff Erin! I love seeing the step-by-step transformation.