KarPaiTwenMo: Omega

KarPaiTwenMo: Omega -- Artwork by Karen Gadient

I’ve pulled together twenty pieces of art in a month. If this were NaNoWriMo and I’d written 50,000 words, I could call myself a winner. *toots horn*

Much like my NaNoWriMo novels—I’m not entirely thrilled with the quality, even if the ideas work. I only like half of the artwork I made; the other half is draft zero and would be cut in editing. Art and writing have a lot in common.

Still: I’d do it again. I’d do NaNoWriMo again too.

Because—thing is—these marathon events remind you of what you can do with your time when you set your mind to it. And you get a deadline, which is key. Plus, telling others that you’re doing something drives you to complete the task.

All good stuff.

I’ll share the artwork (minus the ones I’ve already posted) in a the next bunch of blog posts instead of all at once—because, hey—having content ready will help me stay sane in December. ;) All of the pieces are pretty large, but until I decide on a company for printing, they’ll remain blog-width here.

Whether you wrote or painted, made music, danced, cooked, crafted, or built robots (totally awesome) or whatever hobby you enjoy—I hope you had a great November and know this: I consider you ALL winners. Cheers!

Added note: I’m happy with what I created this month, but some of it needs more work to be what I envisioned. No different than early drafts of a novel—no different than NaNoWriMo. And, so: that’s why I don’t like all of my paintings this month—yet. With editing, I’ll love them.

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33 responses to “KarPaiTwenMo: Omega

  1. You only like half of your paintings, I don’t know what to think about that.

    • karengadient

      What I meant (and I think I’ll make a follow-up post) is that I have perfectionist tendencies and favor some of my art over others, especially given how rushed I did the work this month. :)

  2. There’s a lot to be said for what the brain accomplishes when ‘stressed’–or pushed. It’s amazing–and you’re amazing. What beautiful pieces!

  3. I’m calling you a Winner. :-)

  4. Epicurme

    We are our own worst critics. I think producing half of what you like is actually pretty good for an artist. That doesn’t mean what you produced is bad, it just means you are not happy with all of it. Being happy with half is a good thing indeed.

    This November, I’m proud of myself for getting some steam achievements for Skyrim that I have not done yet. I’ve not created anything (except a new character) but… I still did it!

    (though srsly, they were hard achievements.)

    • karengadient

      Thanks for this. :) I think I’ve been too hard on myself lately and I should just enjoy what I *did* get done. You’ve got the right idea to be proud of achievements, no matter what step in the process they are.

  5. I love this one, the colours are just beautiful, and I keep feeling like it’s clouds (colourful dream like ones) and they are about to part and reveal another world behind them! :) Has it got a 3D effect on it, or is that just my eyes playing tricks? I think you had one like that before with a 3D effect. I hope I haven’t asked you this question before!!? I look at so many images, and have so many conversations either on WordPress or on the writers sites I visit, and it’s gets difficult to remember everything in the end. I said to someone the other day “Oh, but I’ve told you that before.” And they said “No, you haven’t – tell me!!” :D

    • karengadient

      Any 3D effect is just the contrast of color and sharper lines, but thank you for saying so. :D

      It’s hard to keep track of all the blogs I follow too — which reminds me to ask: how is your brother these days? Haven’t seen him post in an age.

      • Oh yes, my brother’s fine, he’s just not been in much of the blogging mood really. He’s been fairly busy, too tired to concentrate on all of that at the end of the day. Also he was doing it purely for fun, and I don’t think that’s very easy to keep up a blog like that without some driving force behind what you’re doing. He still talks of posting more every so often, but time will tell if he does or not. My guess is, it will probably be January or February if he does get around to posting again!

        I found this piece of art tonight. I thought you might like to see it, as there’s a lot about it reminds me of some of your art, especially the colours. Maybe give you some inspiration? http://kanamm.deviantart.com/art/Finding-Nemo-368955867

  6. I appreciate what you say about being self critical, but you have achieved so much with 20 or so paintings. I would class you as a winner in my book anyday. Congratulations are in order I do believe.

  7. Congratulation for your achievement! All the paintings you shared are amazing! I’m sure, all the other pieces are great as well.

  8. I have enjoyed and loved each piece you have posted Karen. They are fantastic. Congratulations on your achievement!

  9. Glynis

    Wooohooo! Congrats!!!
    As I’ve said before, I love your work!

  10. Truly evocative wow. The reds seem to burst from the page!!

    • I almost forgot! Congrats on completing your challenge, I can certainly say I enjoyed it immensely. Sure, you may have perfectionist tendencies (I think it’s an artist thing…I have the same) and some may stick out to you as lacking quality over others; but, from where I’m sitting, I’d just like to say thank you for all that you do brilliant and otherwise. Honestly, I don’t know what it is about your art but it captures me every time. I always look forward to coming back and seeing what you’ve done since my last poem. Keep it up!!

  11. Congratulations, Karen. I am astounded by how cool almost all of them are… and also that they were done digitally… :)

  12. I have taken one of your pictures in my kunst – art blog.
    here is the link to my blog.
    http://robert203591.wordpress.com/

  13. Omega is outstanding artistry, Miss Karen. I also love the idea of creativity, but my own artistry is limited to writing. Actually, I’m not so sure about that either (cringe when I read some of my past blogs). I did get an “A” in a college course, “History of Modern Art,” but that was largely memorization and identifying the styles of the masters. I’m my own worst critic and I think you fall in that same category, but that just makes us better at what we do. Your work is masterful, Miss Karen.

    • karengadient

      Thanks for the encouraging and friendly comment. I’ll be following your blog. I like your bio—I feel very much the same about the shore and the ocean. Nice meeting you!

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