Thursday, February 28, 2013

Old Work Into New

The death of my beloved old friend, Pumpkin, (and when I say "old", I mean it- she was pushing 20) knocked me flat this week. It took everything I had to get into the studio and just do something. I know many of you, as pet owners and lovers, understand.

This piece was unpacked a few months ago and has been standing up against a wall in my entryway ever since.


Suddenly, a few days ago, I couldn't stand looking at it anymore and I snatched it up and brought it into the studio.

It got a couple of washes of color, mostly greens and teals.

And that didn't make me any happier with it. So I got all dark on it, and now I like much better.

It fits my mood, but I also think it's kinda cool in general. It is 30" x 40", acrylics on stretched canvas, and it doesn't have a name because I suck at naming my work.

Also this week, I saved this length of construction fence from the dumpster it was heading towards. It was used by the crews to block off my back yard while the pool was going in, and when they were done with it, I caught my hubby dragging it out to the curb to dispose of it. "But it's covered in mud!" he cried as I grabbed it out of his hands. That's when he got that kind of blank look from me that every salvage artist is famous for, the one that says, "Yes. And what was your point, again?"

It's been soaking in hot soapy water all day. I already have an idea for its first use as an art tool, but I'll talk more about that project later when it's further along.

Oh, and btw, here's the pool at dusk. Yep, it's done! Now we're just waiting for the weather to warm up enough to get in!

Goodbye, Pumpkin, my sweet girl. Mama misses you.


Anonymous said...

Oh come have a HOT tub. At least use that!!! wimp.

Sorry about Pumpin. I know how devastated I was when my mom had to have my very first kitty put to sleep. My mom's sister had given me a kitten for my 6th birthday (she bred show cats- Siamese and Burmese). May Ling lived to be 22 but she was SO senile it was disturbing.....I was away at school when she was put to sleep so I didn't even get to say good bye.....

Deb Lacativa said...

This seems to be the year for losing long time furred companions. After my Karma died I felt..unemployed and unmoored. Deepest sympathies.

Jeannie said...

I love your painting! I liked the original, but love the reincarnation. It is so hard when our fun-panions move on. We have lost our two elder cats in the past 18 months (18 & 22). It is like loosing a beloved friend who always loved you for who you were. Deepest sympathies. (I am so envious of your pool and I know come July when it is hotter than Hades here, I will really be envious!) xoxo

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I do Desdemona is 21 years old and very fragile. I wish you Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I do Desdemona is 21 years old and very fragile. I wish you Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Anna said...

Your art work is lovely, I hope it helped to ease the pain of your loss a little. I well remember the month my labrador Gypsy aged 15 and cat named Tibbles aged 17 both died. I think the cat really missed Gypsy, they grew up together.Of course, the house seemed so empty without them.

Online exhibit said...

Love your creativity this is my second visit to you blog and I think am going to keep this. You did a fantastic job I think this is a best way to reincarnation your old stuff.

Joanna said...

So sorry to read about the loss of Pumpkin, what a beautiful cat! I can totally relate to the pain you are experiencing.

Great artwork, it has such feeling.