Taken By Force

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m one of those people that likes to do things only when there is no pressure. In high school, my worst paintings were the ones I did in the middle of the night (due the next day), and my worst grades were ones when I tried to cram the night before the test. In other words, I do not work well under pressure.

I still have three weeks until my art show, but I’m seriously feeling the pressure these days as I scramble to get my paintings completed and show ready. I really want to participate in, and have my own shows in the future, but I’d much rather paint regularly and always be building on a good body of work. Then when shows come up, it’s not a race to complete ten brand new pieces.

Live and learn.

But for now, this spread of half finished paintings is constantly calling my name. Thankfully, despite the pressure, I haven’t totally screwed them up yet.

I’m giving much of the credit to Harry, Ron, and Hermione, who are great at keeping me company.

Peanut is also great company, although his company requires a little more cleanup…

Happy Tuesday!



  1. haha thats great! my little guy will NOT let me put him down for anything… so oil painting is out of the question for now as I carry him while cooking, baking, cleaning, running errands, you name it 🙂 congrats on making it a full year, your little peanut is SO SO SO cute!!!

  2. Rachel says:

    Harry, Ron, and Hermione are the very best company. I've been sewing a little mother's day project that has to get to VA by Sunday and I'm cutting it close, but they have been a huge help. 🙂 Good luck with all your paintings, I'm sure they will be brilliant.

  3. Brit says:

    Hahaha – Love this! I'm sure your paintings are gorgeous despite the pressure. What about upping the pressure by a smidge to get them done like 2 days early so that you have 2 days to do relaxed touch ups to the ones that aren't exactly as you want them?? A thought.

    And where do you listen to your books?? I'm dying to find a site that streams them for free to listen to through work. Not the unrolling all of the paper towels off of the roll kind of work, hahahaha!! I love that. xoxo

  4. Packrat says:

    So cute. Let him play with the plastic ware, pots and pans, etc. Keeps little ones occupied, and they are easy to clean up later.

    Good luck with finding time to paint. You are good, and you won't mess up. Besides, they are *your* paintings; you can do what you want.

    I'm the opposite of you. I do my best under pressure. (Not in art, tho, because my stick people barely look like stick people. lol)

  5. kaila sue says:

    make sure to post when it gets close, i want to come!

  6. Bart says:

    I like the little one in the middle. Nice colors.

  7. Packrat says:

    Just saw Bart's B-day card. It was so cute!

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