T2 + ◌

22 October 2014
The tea ball was a challenge…the not-quite-solid surface, and that moiré effect when you look through the mesh…still think I could have done it better, maybe I’ll try again in a few days.

Those ‘shadows’…could’ve left those out. *swift mental kick in the butt*.
Have to learn when to quit…to know when it is enough, and let it be.


18 thoughts on “T2 + ◌

  1. I think it looks amazing! So detailed! An artist is always their own toughest critic. I love your skills they are so diverse and inspiring for me who needs to consciously make time to draw and be creative these days. I always look forward to your posts 🙂


    1. There’s a great story about a painter who was ordered by an emperor to paint a rooster. The guy asked for 1, 2, then 3 weeks to finish the painting; emperor was not patient. finally he demands to see the painting, or the artist dies. The artist says the painting is ready. He whips out a clean sheet, and paints a perfect rooster in under 5 minutes. Emperor is furious, waited three weeks for something artist could do in a twinkling! Then the artist opened the door to another room, where drawings, sketches, studies of one rooster filled the room to the ceiling.
      From the west, a similar story…Cezanne painted the same stove every day for 5 years. It is not the same painting over and over, it is thousands of stoves, nuances of stove, the very soul of the stove.
      From the East again, the lesson: “Q: How do you paint a perfect picture? A: Become perfect, and then paint naturally.” 🙂
      Not about getting the tea ball perfect, but about knowing it as well and as intimately as I know my own nose in the dark, I guess. The essence of teabalness. None of the painters we consider great would have been great if they had stopped at just one attempt at anything.


      1. Granted. I guess I was just saying that this one is appealingly imperfect, rather than problematically imperfect. I’m probably not seeing the same things as you though, art looks different through the eyes of its creator.

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    1. Thank you! The shadows on the ball were okay, I agree, it was the box’s shadow that I really messed up. Will try another study of the ball by itself. Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to tell me what you think!


    1. Thanks! I like the tea ball, too! *sigh* That’s what happens when you keep on painting after the initial motivation has passed…you start to “fix things up” tidy up, define, overstate, overwork, and generally kill the work. I won’t be lazy, I’ll try it again…


    1. Painting seems especially susceptible to endless return visits, tweaking this, adding that, until the darn thing at the end is a baroque monstrosity of different moods, different mediums, different messages. I have to learn to stop when the energy allotted to that one work has been used up. Strike while the iron is hot, as they say, and go make lunch or sort laundry when the iron is lukewarm.
      Yes, I am sure that a daily discipline will reward me in more ways than I can, from the vantage point of beginning, even imagine. It was nigh impossible to stick to a 365 project, before, but with the coming 5 years of travel (no plans, just going where things take us) I think I will be desperate for some daily ritual, some routine, to cleave to and find structure, meaning in. It’s a nice problem to have…and an even better way to solve it!

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  2. I like the shadows…am very impressed with that tea ball! Received the package, thank you! Everything in perfect shape, beautiful,and ready for gifting (though I’ve been carefully reading Kris’s books and may end up keeping everything for myself!).


    1. Cindy! You know I sold some journals to a Cyndi from Tasmania in the ame week, and I think I sent HER the heartfelt message about appreciating your visits to my blog, your comments, etcetera…poor thing, must’ve thought I was loopy. Anyway, to repeat what I told her, there are really only a handful of visitors whose presence I notice all the time, and you are definitely one of them. I can spot your gravatar from among the likers immediately, and for some bizarre reason I find myself feeling that things aren’t going too well for a particular post if you, or one of the other 3 or 4 ‘regulars’, haven’t made an appearance.
      Thank you for the order, I do hope you will forgive Kris for his terrible English, and for some reason the second printing f the book seems to have more typos, rather than less? If I remember correctly, the smart young thing at the printer’s office in the Philippines decided to take his files and run a spell check…wreaking havoc with many of the unusual words, replacing a lot of Australian slang words. Taken with his poor grammar and abuse of the articles ‘the’ and ‘a’, the book is quite a test of forbearance. I have just re-read it, and what I suppose love must have helped me glide through last time was not working its magic this time! I ned to talk to him about a good, hard, ruthless edit. 🙂 But that’s all in the future; for now, I do hope you can enjoy the story and the ideas that lie buried in Kris’ books!


      1. Nat, you did include a lovely message and a beautiful, over-sized postcard of the H.M.S. Pomp and Circumstance. Thank you for your kindness! Although I’m afraid we have little in common (well, we are both artists…), I love your blog! In many ways I see myself when I was much younger, creating beautiful things from what I had at hand, without regard to rules or boundaries. I used to make hand sewn and embroidered swirly skirts from denim scraps and glue seeds and stones into pictures. In other ways, I just admire your courage, spirit and adventurous lifestyle. As for Kris’s book, I understand what you’re saying, but I’m having no trouble reading it. His own adventurous spirit and story-teller’s voice carries through when language falters. Many sentences are so beautifully deep and to-the-point, I am copying them into my book of quotations. Thank you, again!


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