Friday, March 18, 2011

Finished for Friday

The Dark Apple Hides Shells (c)2011 Dora Sislian Themelis
8x12 Watercolor on Arches paper
A finished work for Friday is here. I am done! I can't touch this another time. I think I will keep at this apple until all that paint is used up. I have no choice. How many times can I complain about these paints? I guess an awful lot by the looks of the posts about this apple! Have you all had it with me yet? I've had it with my constant whining. The next time I decide to throw caution to the wind and by paints I know nothing about, kick me please?

Besides that, I fooled around with my camera and for some reason my photos in my last post came up like a widescreen TV. I don't know what button I pushed. I was hunting for something that would take a decent photo and not be huge when I uploaded it to the computer. There's just alot of steps to get the photos the right size so that they upload in seconds rather than long minutes. I mean long. Looks like there are no short cuts here, or in life in general.

I will be posting this to the 100 Paintings Challenge, too. Slowly, but surely, I'm working my way to 100. Oh I'll do it, too. No doubt. But it's going to be slow.

A while back I purchased another book on creativity and resistance titled The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp. I know she's a great dancer and choreographer, but from what I've heard this is a really good book for breaking through blocks to creativity. I finally started reading yesterday and I think it's going to be interesting.

I want to read it slowly for the words to really go into my head. Most times when I read, I more or less scan and read too quickly. Oh I've read big books in a couple of days, but don't ask me what I read, I couldn't tell you. While I'm reading I am in the moment. After I'm done, forget it. Talking with a friend about a book I had just finished, which she read in college, she remembered characters and plots. Me? I could barely remember the main character and some sketchy details. Not good. I need to take time to read this, and not while I'm having lunch. No. Multi tasking is not my forte.

The first page of The Creative Habit began with this: The White Room. Just imagine a large, empty, white rehearsal room for dancers. Immediately I thought of a blank, white canvas or paper. I knew then that this was going to be a good read. I will let you know next week.


  1. Which paints did you buy, Dora?
    This doesn't look as sharp as your usual work.
    I never swap paints.. I like W&N and more importantly, I know how they behave!

  2. I'm buying some W&N next week. This is too much trouble. Been using MaimieriBlu. While lovely, the colors are different!!! Especially my go to colors Alizarin Crimson and Burnt Sienna. That was a mistake, but I would not have known that until I used them. It's messing with my head Pat.


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