January 16, 2013

Last Minute Panic

Are you familiar with Bill Watterson’s Calvin&Hobbes?

Do you remember that strip where Hobbes asks Calvin whether he already has come up with an idea for something he should be doing, and Calvin’s retort is that you have to be in the right mood? When Hobbes asks what mood is that Calvin goes “last minute panic”.

Well I’ve been in last minute panic mode for over a week. Painting like a possessed woman.

Painting and ripping and restarting and layering paint like there were no tomorrow.

Disregarding hours of work in 15 minutes by hitting full blast what once were mild dark areas with a brush loaded with thick dark paint, mercilessly.

Removing masking tape (which BTW managed to take with it some of my hair - yes, the gum in the hair nightmare come true way after grade school) just to realize I wanted more darks hence laying down some more masking tape.

After taking this photo yesterday those darks have expanded up the neck to the jaw and under the chin.

Last minute panic. What a ride. And loved each second of it.

Now onto the next one J


Sadami said...

Ooooohhhhh!!! Teresa,
Sooooo beautiful! Master piece!! Congrats. (*Hehehe, I have some Calvin & Hobbs.) In a positive sense, I assume, "a last minute panic" can mean healthy high tension that we need. But the balance we need between perfectionism & appreciation of work.
Right now, I'm checking the dummy and info flow. Some roughs need to be changed. You, too, are a busy bee. Let us enjoy sweet honey together in the work or a result!!! Take care, Terese, take it easy.
Best wishes, Sadami

RH Carpenter said...

I agree with Sadami, this is sooo beautiful!

Pat said...

Teresa, you're a tease! I want to see the painting full on, please :)

You, panic? Never! Just looked at the clock and thought, "get a move on!" :) xx

Teresa Palomar Lois said...

Sadami ,balance, that's going to my wall as a reminder :) I'm so excited about your book, love reading your updates about picture books illustration, you'll nail it!!

Thanks Rhonda, love you!

Pat, me? a tease? pfff! gonna take a photo right now and email it to you

Ann Buckner said...

Rock on Teresa! That panic mode is certainly working in your favor. Would love to see this full on please.

Teresa Palomar Lois said...

Sure Ann :)

Ann Buckner said...

Thanks Teresa. The painting is superb!!

Crystal Cook said...

I have come back to look at this gorgeous painting so many times Teresa. The light, THE LIGHT!!!! You captured it absolutely perfectly, it's simply incredible. I would love to see the painting full on too, it is jaw droppingly gorgeous!!

And my eight year old son LOVES Calvin and Hobbes. We got him a big book of some of the comics and he reads it all the time, cracking himself up page by page. :)

And I don't have your personal email so I thought I'd tell you here how very much I appreciated your comments and thoughts when I was feeling so down about my painting. I read them a lot and each time you made me feel a little better. Thanks so much Teresa, you are a great friend to have. :D

Teresa Palomar Lois said...

Anytime Crystal :) I love love love your art so whenever you feel overwhelmed or bad about it you can count on me being there to give you a slap of reality XD

Anyway you got back on the horse even before hitting the ground! that's such a great lesson on determination and compromise there, you're an inspiration.

I'll look for your email addy and send you a photo of the painting from the front so you can see it full on, ok? if a terepalomitas pops up in your inbox it's not spam! it's me! :D