Wednesday, March 28, 2007

I Can Be My Own Worst Enemy

Sometimes, well, really a lot of times, I am my own worst enemy. I have a hard time keeping going when I have pending things.

Waiting to hear about things is hard for me. I heard that I didn't get in to the semifinalist rounds for public art for the library in town but I heard only via the list of who did...finally got my official notification (now why would that be a big deal?) Maybe I was hoping there was a mistake. But, as I said before it is just as well as I have so much more to do.

So, I have been waiting to hear if a couple has decided to go on a commission that I really want to do. I have had to go down in price but it is still a healthy commission. I have been waiting for them to sign the contract with the gallery and put half the money down. So, waiting has been hard to do.

In the meantime I started painting fabric in orange, which is one of the colors for this commission. But not knowing if it was really going to happen or not, my mind wasn't completely in to it...even tho I know that I can always use the fabric.

But, just on the chance that it will come through, I decided to go ahead and purchase:

george



George will be arriving at my studio next Thursday. The cabinet comes all together and I just put the head in the cabinet. The shippers will get it in for me...

On Monday I called the gallery and they said they were just waiting for the charge to come through and that a contract was signed and a check for a partial payment would be in the mail along with the contract. It is to be finished by July 1 and will be 7'9" x 9'3" to go into a very modern new home which is just being built. The home has lots of different metals and wood, and the art piece will hand on a stone wall.

And then, I realized that I would need thread so I ordered new thread from the new colors of King Tut from Superior Threads...they arrived today.


The colors in real life just make me drool....but not on the threads! Got them all unwrapped because I wanted to pet them and then got the clear tape over them to keep them tidy.

Then I realized that I don't have batting so I called Quilter's Dream to order some more...and realized that the size I usually get, 92" wide, just wasn't wide enough for the shorter size so it is up to 120". Well, that should be here within a few days.

Today while I was at the studio I started looking at my design wall and realized how much fabric this baby is going to take. My design wall is 8' x 7'10" so I have to add another panel of 4x8 so I have enough room. Oh boy...

The other day it was back at the studio and this time I started painting turquoise fabrics...way too much fun. These are the colors that I will be using. Here they are drying on a drop cloth on the floor in my studio.



Today I went back for a little while and ironed them so I could caress them and be sure they were looking good. They still need more texture and I need to paint shades of both the blues and the oranges.



But now I can paint with a purpose!

Came down with a cold on Monday, courtesy of my sweetheart Jacob, but am doing better...just has slowed me down...didn't go to EFM on Monday night and didn't go to my Lenten series tonight...just not enough energy.

But, I am feeling energized...not quite like that pink bunny but I am getting there. Got the duplicate slides today so those all need to be sorted but it also means I have some new work to enter in to shows. Decided that I have to get going on the smaller Life Circles quilts and will do the larger ones on George after he arrives. But all the slides need to be sorted and the originals labeled and put away. Ugh...the fun of being professional. There are other things I still have to do that have been on my list but I have let myself procrastinate too much...oh yeah, and I still have to get my father's taxes done and mine too....

Tomorrow morning is quilting time on the next Life Circles piece, ship off four large framed ones to Scottsdale, and then go to lunch with my rector and then on to the studio to paint, finishing up with a short trip to my dad's to pick up the last tax form that I need....

7 comments:

marion said...

congratulations on the commission, and on Gorgeous George...I'm green with envy! Hope you enjoy them both...

fiber artist said...

Wow...I'm tired already just reading your blog...your commission piece looks to be interesting and hope you document your jouney throughout this adventure. Louise

Leanne Hurren said...

What lovely colours! These are the colours that I am going to be working with next - gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing how the piece progresses

Gerrie said...

So, glad the commission came through. I was going through the same space, size, batting, color and fabric issues last year when I was working on that huge commission and yours is even larger. I can not wait to watch this develop.

Anonymous said...

All fabulous Liz! You go girl! The studio looks great and your fabrics are beautiful! I love your grandson's work too! Made me smile seeing his ernest effort and full concentration. Looks like he just loves it. And he's obviously VERY TALENTED too!!! Iris

PaMdora said...

Wow, that's quite a tale Liz. Great news about the commission and what a machine! Love the colors too.

Karoda said...

that George is more handsome than George Clooney!!!!

and are your paints dye paints or textile paints? I've been trying to make a turquoise for 2 days now from acrylics that I have without much success.