Wednesday, January 11, 2012

2012 so far

2012 is starting out kind of interesting.  A mix of work, art, home projects, cleaning, and rearranging. 

On the art front, I decided to try to finish up some work that I've had in progress.  I've been fighting with the painting below for about five years. Ok, it sat in the corner for most of those five years, but still. Enough already. Here's how the battle went.  I painted some background...

Then the blue took over. Blech.  My paintbrush made me do it, I swear.

The gesso comes in to try to help.  Take that, blue background! I'll show you.

Maybe some flower petals now.

Ummm... the blue took over again.  And so it sits (for maybe another five years).

I've been working on a few other things.... My first chronological journal which also happens to be transparent/translucent in the center.  I started this as a class idea (which maybe I'll teach someday), but for now it's going to be my account of 2012.

And I rescued this project.  I originally made it as a calendar entry for CPS, and it had words on it to match their theme.  Honestly I like it much better without the words.  That's very unusual for me, but I always thought the words weren't the right words for this piece anyway.  Maybe I'll make some other ones, and maybe even get them framed in a shallow shadowbox. Whoohoo!

And right now I'm off to do a painting project of a different sort.  My office has had paint swatches on the wall for at least 6 months (maybe longer).  Doug picked up the paint over the weekend, so I'm going to at least get started.  No "before" photos because this room is trashed (and by trashed, I don't mean cute piles of stuff sitting around... I mean a full on disaster area.)  Wish me luck.


  1. Love 'em ALL!!!! Hugs, Terri ♥ xoxo

  2. isn't it funny how our muse works? i hope that you finish the flower paintings - it's adorable shel! actually i like the blue background. love those license plates, too! can't wait to see your newly painted room. and trust me - your room cannot be worse than mine. mine is the worst it has ever been. someone saw it the other day and they said "omg roc..what happened in here?" :]

  3. Happy new year!! I had a painting that I couldn't finish. I finally gesso'd the whole thing and started with a totally different idea. I like yours though.

    Good luck with the room painting!

  4. It's fun to see your process. The last photo of your flower painting made me think of Van Gogh's Starry Night. Maybe they will morph from flowers to stars!

    I would love to see some Shelly Massey's online classes developed in 2012!!


  5. Totally loving that 2012 journal. Great idea...translucent mind never flows that way.