Monday, September 18, 2006


These are some items I brought home from Italy. A little pear juice bottle, a small glass dish and some Euro coins.

I hadn't finished any paintings since July. The room that I paint in is small, with very little storage space. And since I have problems with throwing stuff out, my room had gradually become so cluttered and crowded that I would drag my paints out to the dining room so that I wouldn't have to work in here. Then I decided to get the room cleaned up and not do any artwork until it was finished. If you have the stomach for the squalor I was working in you can see it here (as well as the after pictures).

Acrylic paint on an 8 by 8 inch board.


At September 18, 2006 10:19 PM, Blogger the enigma said...

wonderful painting, love the bold colors!

At September 18, 2006 11:46 PM, Blogger ValGalArt said...

So our stories are identical! I stopped working in my studio in July and started going through all of my piles and I just finished painting my newly cleaned room on Sunday! It amazes me that one can just create piles of stuff and not really see it until there is hardly any room left. Sounds and looks like your goal was acheived and I love how you make everyday objects look beautiful! Glad yer back to making art again and me too!

At September 19, 2006 9:46 AM, Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Good to see your back again! This is a lovely way to capture your trip to Italy. And it was fun looking at your before and after photos. Your studio looks like your paintings ~ bold, creative and fun!

At September 19, 2006 11:00 AM, Blogger the heartful blogger said...

Well I'm really glad you're painting again, I've missed your work, and this is gorgeous.

At September 19, 2006 11:22 AM, Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Spectacular! Now keep that room clean so you can keep making great art!

At September 19, 2006 1:53 PM, Anonymous Your Daughter said...

great subject and composition and good sneaky way to get 'change' in there!

and as you know, i am insanely jealous of your room! it looks great!

At September 19, 2006 4:52 PM, Blogger carla said...

It's good to see you back again, and with such a vibrant painting! It's fun to see your treasures from Italy. Funny...I just finished clearing out my studio/office space this weekend. The couch that had been taking up half the room (and was covered with paintings, books, and cats) was finally relocated after we did some rearranging, and I actually have a whole little area for my painting gear...It's great!

At September 19, 2006 5:02 PM, Blogger andrea said...

Jaimie: have you ever thought about painting on cradled wood panels, and painting the sides (the 1.5" deep are best) black? Your work would be so perfect for that kind of presentation.

At September 20, 2006 10:00 AM, Blogger Sally said...

Yes, squalor indeed! I think I saw dust bunnies the size of my foot in there.

Gorgeous painting, slore!

At September 20, 2006 10:02 AM, Blogger Sally said...

And I agree with Andrea about painting on the sides. Those would make your already brilliant paintings even more fantastic.

At September 20, 2006 2:23 PM, Blogger Jaimie said...

Thanks for all your kind comments, everyone. It's great to be back participating in IF.
And if you would like to see that I usually do paint the sides of the boards, go here

I think I'll take Andrea's advice and try the thicker boards though. Thanks Andrea.

At September 20, 2006 10:33 PM, Blogger Toni said...

Hey Jamie welcome back!
Love the painting and love the look of your studio now. Wow, now i need to tackle mine.
Andrea has a good idea about the cradle wood or the deep canvases.

At September 21, 2006 3:53 AM, Anonymous whimsical said...

Hi Jaimie!
I saw your comment on my former blog. I'm honoured that you visit mine and have kindly allowed me to link your blog on my humble literary abode. I've dropped the new url via email as requested. =)

It's always exciting to see your new piece unveiled. Your works are nothing short of fantastic in my eyes! =p

from singapore

At September 21, 2006 4:30 PM, Anonymous Mom said...

Daughter, Dear

Beautiful, as usual!! I live just 7 miles away, and I haven't seen those items from Italy! : ) Glad you painted them! (I see you sneaked in a Fall Harvest element in the upper right corner.) Lovely!

And so are you!

At September 21, 2006 7:48 PM, Blogger georg said...

I love your colours - as always - and welcome back

At September 22, 2006 2:42 AM, Blogger HARDWAX said...

An amazing looking room of clutter, great looking hot pink walls, but glad you got it all sorted out.
I love this piece. Each object placed with care and those beautiful vibrant colors. Wow!

At September 22, 2006 7:23 AM, Blogger Twisselman said...

H'lo again. Good to see those rich colors back on the screen. Nice take on the theme. Coins ocurred to me somewhere in the process. And the whole idea of cleaning and organizing spaces coincidently has consumed me. My garage is being whipped into shape. Next: the office room.

At September 22, 2006 9:42 PM, Blogger Alina Chau said...

beautiful!! Love the color and the composition!!

At September 25, 2006 10:04 PM, Blogger bingo and betty said...

amazing colour.

At September 27, 2006 6:23 PM, Blogger Roy Everitt said...

pSpectacular colours, as so many have said, but from a European perspective:

A paltry haul of coins, a pretty dish:
in lira I could be a millionaire
and struggled still to pay for all of this -
the weight of coins could juice the hardest pear.

But euros, more reliable and staid,
as current now in Rome as in Madrid,
make every new transaction that we made
no more nor less than any that we did.

At September 28, 2006 11:04 PM, Blogger michael dailey said...

great coolage effect and composition and the colors are always wonderful. glad to see u back


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