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Thursday, February 26, 2009


I thought since I am sick I would write a little bit here about the drawing stage for my work. That is really the most important part for me. If my drawing is accurate and full of the details I feel I have finished half the painting because I am now familiar with what I am about to do and I have a really good map to get me there! I am a very studious person...I like to know that when I am done it will look like a white dahlia and not some strange daisy! That is just me. I loved biology and got a minor in that in college because I love to know how things work and look in detail. Knowing that about myself helps me understand why I paint the way I do! I have worked in abstract and in loose manners in the past but never was happy until I began to work in greater detail. So I needed to draw that detail so it was not lost in the actual painting process.
The part below took me over a day to draw and then I decided to paint it to a mid value because I did not want the lines to smear. Yesterday I drew in another dahlia...a partial one and will paint that today hopefully if I feel well enough. Then I hope to draw and paint aother one over the weekend which leaves one left! Yipee! I will try to get some pictures as I go but we have snowstorms here and expect it to be gray for a few days. Plus I have a new computer and cannot find the program to upload my images! I am working on that as well. I would love to get a small video camera and try to do some short segments for You Tube and that might help explain some of what I do! I am working on that as well! Trouble is I am no spring chicken and have to learn alot of stuff to do this! HHA! So hang in there with me.


Deborah "Deb" Jeffrey said...

Jane, I love your transparency. Your finished product is always so beautiful -- please know that the work you put into the planning stages is well worth it!

Learning new technology is time consuming, but well worth it in the end. I wish you well.

Please get well soon!


Billie Crain said...

i truly hope you can figure out to post a video. i'm dying to see you in action! even though i have read your book i tend to learn faster by watching. i can't imagine transferring all that detail onto your working paper either.

i also hope you will be feeling better soon. unfortunately, sometimes these bugs can linger.:(

Phyl said...

I hope you're feeling better. I think you're more active and get more done than probably a lot of folks much younger. Even sick, you're still working and still posting for us. Your efforts are much appreciated!

Take care,

Jane Freeman said...

Phyl I do not remember when I have been so sick...I cannot paint or draw at this point. I might have to run through Urgent Care by tomorrow if I do not see signs of improvement. Thanks for asking!

Angela said...

I'm sorry to hear you're feeling so lousy. Hope you feel better soon!

Billie Crain said...

i came back to see how you were feeling, Jane. any better yet? i sure hope so. take care of yourself.:)