The Value Of Time

July 29, 2005

NativeTakeTwo

Sometimes you just have to stop, step away from the art disaster you are in the process of creating, forget about it, give it a little time, and then come back and try it again later.

This is an Indian from my sketch book that I really liked, so I painted it… but I just could not make it work. My first painted picture does not even look like an Indian. Nick called him Elvis. Sometimes paintings fall together for you, sometimes they dont. This one didn’t.

I had a little time late this afternoon and was flipping thru my watercolor sketch book when I came across this picture. I started to tear it out of the book because it is so embarrassing, but then thought, “I wonder if I can salvage this”. I scrubbed a bunch of it off, and worked some brighter colors into the background. I also widened the bridge of the nose and fixed a couple of other facial features.

When you are in the process of painting a disaster and have blown hours and hours into it, you are very hesitant to scrub away all those hours of work. But when you come back to it months later you dont remember all the time spent and can have more of a “go for it” attitude.

If you have the luxury of time, put away the problem painting and try it again later… much later.

The Comments

Don Jones

This is like an artistic make-over show Hey bus driver MOVE THAT GOUCHE!!!

Doug Jones

Good one, Don… LOL

Doug Jones

I think someone made this Indian laugh just seconds ago, and his milk ran out of his mouth…

Don Jones

Personally, I really liked the previous spiked hari doo. The new and improved higher contrast of feathers and background sings

Dennis Jones

Zowie… I am wiped out… I just got back from a Mtn. Grove road trip… 10 hours down on Sunday afternoon… 10 hours back on Tuesday… plus I developed some sort of ear/tooth infection deal that kept me awake and in pain ALL of Sunday night… I got no sleep at all… I went to a dentist that next morning and got an antibiotic and a pain killer… so I was pretty much in a fog the entire time I was there… also on the trip back home… and at the writing of this email… I better go on to bed…

kelly (one of Gary’s)

I viewed the sketch book a few days ago – really enjoyed george washington. What do you think of Abe Lincoln as a subject??

Dennis Jones

Lincoln was a bit of an odd looking character… so he is always a lot of fun to do… maybe I will take another crack at him… I will post it if I do… thanks for the note…

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The Weasel Has Landed

January 20, 2010

TaTonkaEngine2

I’m back in the country and happy to report that I was not involved in any sort of international incident this time… ok… there’s a tiny little video that goes along with this picture in my comments area below…

The Comments

Doug Jones

… but international incidents are so much fun!

Dennis Jones

…for everybody listening to your stories about them maybe… not so much when you’re smack dab in the middle of one…

Jeff

I have been watching 24, I can give ya good advice on how to get out of these “Sticky Situations”..

Dennis Jones

…well Jeff, as you know, we frequently have to call on Jack for help around here…

Nik

Awesome! That horse is really depressed.

Jeff

Yes but when Jack helps, Peeps get dead.. Why cant he just do something smoothly and slip away without killin someone??

Dennis Jones

…there’s nothing worse than watching Jack work over a Peep that’s been duck taped to a rickety old chair inside a dark cold warehouse deep in the inner city somewhere…

Doug Jones

That is on page one of the Jack Bauer playbook. But this time someone used it on him. Of course in 5 minutes he was fully recovered… and it takes me a whole WEEK to recover from a cold…

Jeff

We are nearing that time of year that all Christians love, but all PEEPS fear. Yes the Easter holiday. It is during this week that over 75% of all peeps loose their life to marshmallow bloated kiddies and basket raiding parents. The PEEPS need a man like JACK.

Dennis Jones

Jeff

Last year the Purple Peep was almost consumed to the point of extinction. Let us not forget that the Naugahyde craze of 1973 virtually destroyed the worlds population of Naugas. The rush on bowling alley furniture alone killed off the Avacado green nauga. If only Jack was around then to help those poor gentle woodland creatures.

Nik

We got word of Spartaweaselcus, I think he might be a great ally for Jack.

Jeff

Yes,, Jack and Spartaweaselcus..Working together for the good of the PEEPS,, Are you keeping up with our rantings Dennis??

Dennis Jones

…can’t talk now… mouth fulla peeps…

Jeff

I guess that rules you out for the Save The Peeps spokesman position..

Jeff

I do hear that Peeps are delicious when you melt them with a chocolate Kiss.

Nik

Yea,and make a Peeps Smores!

Jeff

I guess the N.F.L’s cash for clunkers program did not pay off this year..Sorry Bret. Go Coats

Nik

Congrats to the Saints first Super Bowl!

Esaulov Ilya

Excellent works! Very to be pleasant. I watch your creativity, I am inspired! Thanks big!:)

Kev_Brett

I LOVE your work!! So much so I want the See with me Bible for me – and I’m 32!!! Thanks!