Tatiana and Olga 2010

Tatiana and Olga  2010

Monday, April 23, 2012

Art time and regular time

I came to my blog to see just when I posted last and was shocked it was in February....surely it was mid March? But no, it was Feb 22 ...in that  post I said I hoped to finish my Anastasia painting with in two weeks


Art  time is not regular time . Often one will say 10 minutes has passed , only to find it's been an hour.
The clock in my studio is set 15 minutes fast just so I have a chance of being timely for another activity.

Part of the attraction of  doing art is getting lost in Art time. Paradoxically, we are rarely less or more ourselves during it. The everyday cares and even our ideas about ourselves slip away in artists absorption....
It's a type of sleep or dreaming  and time is like wax in the sun during it...quite mutable

So I said two weeks on Feb 22...that was two months ago and I'd still say I'm two weeks from finishing  . But since that time and now  the painting  has gone to another level or several  really ....which seems to happen when a major element is added to a painting ...( in this case it was finalizing her hand and foot.)  And when that happens , then everything else is up for reassessment as well, since it all has to fit together

The Imp's hand and foot are two hugely  important features in this photo and painting. For 7 months I have been trying to create that marvelous line that goes from the Imps face , hand and  foot .

The line

It's almost as important as getting her likeness to me...and it's been a battle...well everything but her face and the landscape as been a battle royal. I began this painting in early Oct . Recently while cleaning out my email sent folder , I ran across a mail sent to a friend where I say " I'm finally getting a grip on that skirt" . When asked , I would continue to say the exact same thing  for the next 4-5 months !

I have painted that skirt untold times...( It's caught, back and front ,  by the sharp edge of the tree stump and this causes complex lines all across it ) however it's always better after a painting secession  and it needs to be said  that while I appear to be painting the same painting of the same photo for 7 months now, it's never the same painting or even the same photo...just yesterday I noticed the Imp was wearing a gold bracelet...how had I missed that? I looked for jewelry! Yesterday the bracelet's  reflection in the sun  finally caught my eye behind the grass stalks.

 The act of painting changes the painting, and one's ever shifting perceptions  change the photo. In order to do justice to both, I am lead deeper and deeper into this photo's moment of time, this young woman's eyes and my unexplained, but deep, empathy for her and her family....this is why I urge some creative work on the Romanov enthusiast , whether it be art or writing ,  because nothing brings one closer to  them that getting lost in ART time. One can certainly say it's a delusion...perhaps, I wouldn't know. However I would say the final painting can also cause one to wonder. The three people who have seen her lately in the studio were struck dumb. It's a powerful experience to see the painting  already ....particularly for those who know what Anastasia  looked like, that's  the real test.

Paint on the canvas is never just paint  on the canvas...it's a language from the heart and mind of the artist.  A  language made visual though their brush strokes into a type of emotional hieroglyphs , often perfectly understandable to the viewer on at least the subconscious level... and this understanding, or feeling surprises our regular time every day self often . One is after creating on canvas a world free from its basic, 2-D  static nature and have it  appear to about to move in the next moment ...One is after a suspension of time.

So I would say I'm two weeks away from posting my Imp...but that could be in Art time or regular time...hard to say .  lol

                                                                 The Imp 


  1. I really enjoy your updates. Thanks. Richard.

  2. How much time it takes isn't really up to you. Follow the muse!

  3. How much time it takes isn't really up to you.

    omg that's so true...it's laughable when I try imposing a time line. LOL

    Follow the muse!

    It's all one can do,it's the only infallible guide.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Time doesn't really exist. (I hope). And yet I am aware of the effects of time, the "need" for schedules and clocks and such - and yet - I myself have no sense of time or its passing.

    The most wonderful "time" is that which passes whilst we labor at what we love. If only the whole world could be not just on time, but in sync.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog - love yours! I'm a new fan...

  5. Thank you for coming by and following my blog!I ran into yours because I goggled" painted signs " in images for fun and the painted cat bowls pic came up...so I looked at the site they were from :)

    You have a great blog as well. Excellent writing , ideas and lots of cat action!

    So I'm following yours now !
    Thanks again

  6. (out of the topic)Dear Ms Anne FLoyd! I'm really sorry for bothering you, but I'd like to ask you a question (I send messages about that question previously on youtube and google+, but don't know whether I made it correctly so you can see them). It's about your video "The Romanov Children. In order to be free": I made a copy of that video for my personal, home use with some editions, and would like to post that version on youtube; and I'd like to ask your permission to do so, that is — to upload that version of your video to youtube with non-profit usage? I don't know your email (I found found your account at Alexandr Palce Time Machine forum, but up to now I don't get the approval from admin to create my account there yet) and I'm not sure whether it would be convinient for you to send the answer to my email, but (if you will have the answer) please feel free to send me email to this adress "accnttmprry@gmail.com", or let me know by any other way... thank you... I beg your pardon...

    1. "I made a copy of that video for my personal, home use with some editions..."

      I have a difficulty with this. If you wish to upload my video to your YouTube account, please upload it as I made it, or don't upload it. Of course I cannot approve of you changing my original video and then putting it on your channel. If you decide to upload it as I made it, please put my name in the description as its maker...and it's Lloyd, not Floyd. Thank you.

    2. ... sorry about misspelling your name, Ms Lloyd (I am ashamed of that. What a shame!)... thank you for your answer! Certainly I won't upload that video then...

      [... I would like to go into more explanations, and although, as I believe, that information wouldn't have any value for you, and you can easily omit it without reading, but... I feel some urgent to make them...
      ... if I got your permission to upload I would put your name (your channel name, that is "blessOTMA") on the title of the video and in the description as well...
      ... the editions I made were quite a few (the main: one scene was deleted, and the music background was changed)...
      ... the reason why I had the audacity not only to download your original video but to change it and then ask you to permit uploading the edited version on my channel, is this — I was thinking something like that: well, if in ancient times some Iliad or Mahabharata have been changing through ages before they appeared in their true essence, maybe something similar can be done in present times in order to seek all possible variations of perfect ness [like Chekhov edit Tolstoy or Dumas, to see how he would write their novels (without publishing those editions); or like in movie industry directors almost always change some literature source to fit them to their way of thinking (like Kurasawa edit Shakespeare)]. Surely I don't pretend that my editions make your video better (in no way!), but... the circumstances have been ordered in the way that I cannot resist to make that changes. I certainly would prefer if that changes (they're really very small) were made strictly and solely by YOU (if you would accept that way of working — if some unknown person describe you what changes he think wouldn't be bad, then you see whether it worth it or not, and if you find that it wouldn't be bad you made it) and than published in YOUR channel under some name like that "The Romanov Children. In order to be free. second editions"... well, wrote quite a lot of words, please excuse this weakness of mine... thank you! I wish you all the best!.. I'm apologizing for everything...]

  7. Thank you for asking and abiding by my refusal. I appreciate that. You have a lot of creative energy and that is good. However in my opinion, it would best serve you, if you direct that energy towards your own work, rather than altering other's work. However if you wish to alter other's work, it would be easier if you picked those who are no longer here to protest (as Kurasawa did!) Best of luck to you.

    1. Wish you happiness and peace, Ms Anne Lloyd!
      ... maybe it's stupid and impolite, but... without any insulting intentions... well... to make the long story short, if you would check the following file and would consider that it deserve to be published on your channel blessOTMA (or use the song "Forever Young" in your feature videos - and this way is maybe even preferable and the best)... it'll be great honor for me and also high pleasure, knowing, that someone else except me might enjoy this version of your video (my participation consist only in the noticing that the song "Forever Young" fits almost perfectly the video "The Romanov Children. In order to be free")... thank you...
      ...it's really stupid... I'm apologizing for everything...

      https://c.mail.com/@646740285887358897/9ocuSAWRRH28YiTnMezNvg (link is valid up to 05/17/2021)