Monday, August 31, 2009

inspiration monday


in my last post i "revealed" a sneak peek of the book project that i'm working on for chrissie grace....and as it turns out, i was a little too quick in doing that. i really liked the first project, but.....hmmm....something just wasn't right about it. something was nagging at me....kinda like a mosquito in your room when you're trying to sleep....you know it's there, but you just can't see it. but as i started cleaning up, the nagging got louder and i felt like my project was one of those big creepy portraits in a haunted house where the eyes follow you....begging you to look at it. then suddenly it hit me, and while i was dealing with the sick feeling in my stomach due to the mini-meltdown i felt coming on, i realized that it wasn't all of the technical issues that were bothering me (i.e. not enough contrast, etc.), it was the fact that it just wasn't a thousand percent "right"....i liked it, but i didn't love it (and i think that if something is going to appear in a book, i want to love it!).....quite simply, it wasn't ME. i wasn't trusting my instincts. somewhere along the path i had gotten bogged down in the details and lost sight of the big picture. i had finally found the "mosquito-in-the-room", but instead of sleeping, i stayed up until 2:00 in the morning creating a new project....and that was the best decision i'd made all week. i know....it's crazy.....i'm crazy. and i'm hoping that you're all shaking your heads up and down because you've been there done that. i'm sorry for the confusion. this is my "real reveal".
this one feels "right". this one is me.

24 comments:

Chrissie Grace said...

Hurray!
I'm happy that you love it now.
I can't wait to see it!!!
xo
Chrissie

Ludid said...

love the green bead sewn in with button; the close up is quite nice too.

Gina Lee Kim said...

It is you! It has more yellow-oranges and blues. And the button is slightly off-center = PERFECTION :)
Wanna know how I know you were up late? I was up until 2ish as well & I got a blog comment from you past 1 o'clock in the morning (tee hee)

Mary said...

Lori, I liked the other one, I love this one!!! :) It is bolder, richer I think!! And yes, we have all been there. Hope you can catch up on the lost sleep!!

Hugs!

Diva Kreszl said...

I so get it!!! Maybe that's why I give away all my work and never keep any for myself...if it sits around and I keep looking at it I want to change it!

PaperPumpkin said...

Two of the BEST moments are when you realize why it's not you, and when you get the inspiration you need, even in the middle of the night, to do it...and it's perfect. Thank you for sharing, Lori! You are so inspirational.

Dolores said...

Big sigh of relief now. On to the next thing. Can't wait to see this one in its entirety, though.

Marie aka Grams aka Gramarme said...

Absolutely stunning revelation. That surely is a finished product you can love. I love it.

Jane Farr said...

This piece definitely has an extra helping of the warm and cheerful Lori "zing."

Monica Holtsclaw said...

Totally! The other one was awesome, but this one is so gorgeous. I LOVE the colors :)

Carmen said...

Gorgeous color!!!

Cristi-2 If By Sea said...

It looks fabulous, whatever "it" is! Can't wait for the book.

Veronica said...

Sleep well tonight! I think its so important to listen to your intuition when making art, or anytime for that matter. I recently had a similar experience with my art.

Kim Hambric said...

Gotta trust those instincts. Glad it worked out for you, even though much sleep was lost. I love it. I really want to touch this piece.

Pat said...

Just when I thought it couldn't get any better...it did! Wow. Thanks for another great "inspiration Monday."

Martha Lever said...

This looks adorable, Lori!!! Can't wait for the big reveal!!!

Anonymous said...

I love the colours!! This IS truly you ~ matches your blog header...Ya

Alisa said...

I completely know what you are feeling. The other project was beautiful, but if it does not feel perfect, it's a redo. Your a perfectionist when it comes to your art and it shows! The good thing is now you have two beautiful pieces! I am a night owl too when it come to creating!

Good work!!!

Sue Krei said...

Oh I like this one too! The colors are different...and I like it. Sometimes when we know something just isn't quite right, it is time to sit back, keeping eyeballing the work, and finally, it comes to us and then we can make it more "us". Now, that statement didn't make much sense, but you know what I mean. I never call a painting or piece of work done until it has sat within my view and then I can "see" what it is that just doesn't quite click. Good job Lori!

Jancalligrapher said...

love BOTH the flowers. Lori, hugs

Jes said...

how beaUUUUtiful! just like you :)

Shelley Malone said...

The other one was fine but it didn't totally "grab" me. THIS one does though. Very, very nice! I was nodding along, understanding exactly what you meant. I'm glad you figured it out in time for your deadline!

julie king said...

you are so right to listen to that little inner voice speaking to you. you'll never be happy with your work if you ignore it. although i like the first version, i love this one!! so much more detail and texture and oomph!

great work! can't wait to see it in print!

noodle and lou said...

ooooh...SO been there! i just love it lori!! i can't wait to see the book all finished...won't it be so exciting!!?!!! yay!! lots of xoxo...jenn

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