Milford Sound in New Zealand

I am feeling quite refreshed after an early morning work out. 

I MUST DO IT EVERY MORNING!

Oh and by the way, happy, happy Monday :)

Do you ever have an unbelievably fabulous idea and realize weeks, maybe even months later, hmmm...I bet I got that idea there. 

That happened to be these past few weeks.  On the last trip home to New Jersey, I had the idea in mind that I should paint my

Blurred Reality

series.  In fact, I couldn't believe that I hadn't thought of this fabulous idea sooner. I knew I wanted to paint them on slabs of old wood and if I was home, where else better to get some free wood than Tanis Hardware (my father owns a hardware store if you couldn't already tell).  I love that the original series meshes my two worlds together and by painting it, it's even more of a mesh.  I am physically mushing together to different view points of two different worlds. I was really quite smitten by this notion and well, by my brilliant idea to paint these series. 

All of the sudden it hit me that I most definitely got this idea from the moment I realized 

Pakayla Biehn

had painted her double exposure series, which was inspired by artists who had taken the actual photographs that she later painted.  I mean I really was shocked that these were paintings - they were so perfect and beautiful and well because I had seen a bunch of the photographs floating around the internet and it never crossed my mind that someone would reproduce them as paintings.  Needless to say, I was quite impressed. 

So I thank Miss (?) Biehn for this inspiration. 

Can you see why?

I also kick Miss (?) Biehn (and myself) in the butt because it's been making me want to rip my hair out!

I of course started with the one that I knew I wanted to paint without taking into consideration it would be the most difficult.  I am not finished with it yet, but I've been taking pictures along the way. I need advice with lots of stuff with it (mostly if I should even continue or if it's totally lame and only cool in my head).  Help!

 I had no idea where to start - if I should paint the bottom layer (one picture) first and then the top layer (another picture) or if I should treat it as one image and paint it all at the same time.  I opted with the second by treating it all as one image and painted the general background coloring. 

The best part of painting on wood is being able to see all the grain of wood peaking through the paint.  There is something so aesthetically appealing about natural surfaces and their imperfections. I've been obsessing over it ever since the

Yes, I Swim

series on the wood with the bark still attached. 

 I finally got to working...

 Kept trying..

 Kept trying..help!

 Getting there. Maybe? 

Even though it's not finished, I wanted to see how it would look with how I intended to hang it (with knotted and tied hemp rope).

And now I need opinions and suggestions! It's so hard to do the details because there aren't really any definite details with a double exposure. 

I'm not sure if I should keep working on it, or let it be.  It feels like one of those paintings that will never be done in my own mind. 

If it is finished, I'm not sure if I should sand the sides or leave them rough, if I should glaze the top, or leave the matte looking painting, if I should continue painting the series or throw in the trash!

Any advice?

And I wasn't sure if I should show the original image because the painting is not supposed to be one in the same, but I guess I should.

Hope everyone is having a good Monday! 

These mornings have been sounding like spring in Charlottesville and I've been loving it :)