Wednesday, February 11, 2009

orange you glad .... it's almost valentine's day ....

i have a canvas that is 30 inches square .... 
lots of dictionary in the back .... a big old six of clubs .... some dress patterns ... some map .... and some hot, hot orange ... that i kind of toned down with some burnt umber .... but it's still looking so very orangey .... 
the dilemna then is ... now what ... i still need to do some stenciling or stamping of letters and what not on it .... probably with a paler orange or a yellow to cool the whole thing down .... not many people have a spot in their house for something as bright as this .... and then ... i'll wait til i'm struck with what goes in the foreground .... cause i don't have a notion yet ... 
here's the thought process: 
oh ... i LOVE orange ... oh ... this is hot ... oh .... orange always looks good with a nest .... you always like the raw umber on orange ... you can't make another nest on orange ... yes you can ... you're allowed to make as many nests on orange as you want .... think of something else .. um .... think of something else ... um ... think of something else ... i can't .... what do you want to paint ... an apple ... just an apple? you've done apples ... not exciting .... it doesn't have to be red ... green?  apples ARE green .. that's not exciting ... blue apple? blue apple on orange? no .... blue apple at all?  done that ... watermelon, kiwi, banana, strawberry, pear ... you always do pears ... i love pears ... i'm hungry ... no pears ... i'll have a banana ... don't paint one .. no one wants a banana painting .... not sexy .... pears are sexy ... you do too many pears .... i'm hungry ... move on ... houses, flowers, hearts .... what color flowers do you put on orange like that ? do other people even like orange ... why'd i do orange? fish ... no fish go on blue or green ... why .. you could do fish ... what about other animals instead ... lions and tigers and bears, oh my ... i don't do animals ... you've done birds ... oh i like birds .... do a bird ... if i'm going to do a bird, i should do a nest ... wait ... don't go there .... i'm hungry ... don't go there either .... ok ... bottle caps , buttons, dominos, wood, ceramics, fabric .... get off the paper .... i like paper .... dragonflies, flowers, bees, landscapes, still lifes, chairs, trees, dogs ... dogs ... my dog ... i'm going for a walk .... 

and now we'll switch away from the voice(s?) in my head ... i went for a walk .... and ate a banana ... no pears available .... i'm open to suggestions ... or ... everyone tell me what to paint and then i'll make a nest ..... har .... i'm trying hard NOT to make a nest ... why do i want to so badly .... so maybe i'll do poppies ... i haven't done poppies lately ... and i don't have any poppies on orange in my past ... do i? 

think on that .... what should e do with this large orange canvas ... just dont' say paint it another color ... oh! i could do a rooster .... i could actually do something to hang in my own kitchen .... hmmmmm .... ill keep thinking .. you think for me too .... 

and now ... for a complete change of subject .... i'm not usually one for pinup girls ... but this one seemed better than most .... artistically, aesthetically, and edible-ly ... 
and then a titch more on chocolate.... this is what little.e.beck.artist is taking to second grade on friday for the valentine exchange .... she has four big hearts of kisses for four teachers .... she has two hershey bars for best pals ... she needs to sneak them into their backpacks so as not to hurt other kid's feelings .... and then she has tootsie pops for each kid in the class .... she typed them up herself ... spell check didn't know what to do with viyollets  .... and then we cut and pasted til we had the right number of notes .... 
roses are red, 
violets are blue, 
i have a treat, 
just for you .... 
this is what my kids have given almost every year for valentine's ... in my book it beats a barbie or a transformer or a shrek card .... she did the taping and note twirling herself .... it was a happy easy chore .... 

and in the land of middle school:
girl.beck.artist is taking hershey's bars for her girlfriends .... and two boys "that are just friends, mom" ... hair flip, head tilt, nose crinkle ....
boy.beck.artist has LOTS of tootsie pops ... he would not divulge who they were for ... i'm not certain he isn't just planning on eating them himself .... 

do you have a valentine to make? to buy? to give? to get? a plan? a dinner? 
did you figure out yet what i'm supposed to put on that big orange? 

4 comments:

cath c said...

you asked, i thought, then it kept coming, but it's not my art it's yours, but here's the idea, coming from things you said above:

first i thought, how about a couple of oranges, then how about an orange tree with a nest in it, with some orange blossoms, next to a house.

pic'd in my mind: from left of canvas: house, tree with white blossoms with oranges mixed in and a branch sticking out with a nest reaching toward right of canvas. maybe just blossoms in tree, with oranges in nest?

it was and is a long thought.

artmom said...

I think it should be for your new orange kitchen and incorporate some red into it to go with the red flecks in the tile! And there is nothing wrong with another nest - umber on orange is subtle - maybe a bird? A cardinal to get the red? Or just a generic red bird....
Funny thing, I think liking orange is contagious. I am doing a blue background, or getting it ready to finish when I do the collage demo on Monday, and plan to put orange shaded flowers on it at demo time.

More good comments about the show at Center Place...seems we are a hit!

How about fish - no one said they had to swim in blue/green/turq water! Although orange water is not very appealing is it?!

phd in yogurtry said...

I kinda like the orange just the way it is. maybe I've been living in Austin too long ?

aimee said...

finally, back to school valentine's parties this year - my youngest is now in kindergarten and i had forgotten how much fun those parties are. it was always my favorite of all the school parties. my two year old came with me to the shindig and thought it was the bee's knees! both girls are still riding the sugar high, but it was worth every grain of it.

i love little e.beck.artist's treats.