It’s been a very long time since I last Sat down to paint. You’d think being retired would mean time on my hands but, alas, a rolling stone gathers no moss and a traveling artist gathers no brushes. But today it is raining and I begged off running around with my husband looking for deals so I could just paint. What a pleasure!
So, at our eldest daughter’s enthusing over the adorable Scottish Highland cows, I googled images and here is my inspiration and my painting. What do you think?
We are in constant unfinished remodel at my home. I have utterly lost my art space and, looking not to discourage my wonderful and do it yourself husband I try not to complain. This morning I felt the itch to create and pulled out an art book, paper and pastels. After getting started I remembered why I don’t do pastels. Pastels are tempermental. Have to have paper with tooth to grip the chalky color. Very messy. I was excited to just have started but I’m not sure I will finish with pastel. We’ll see. As you might have noticed comparing my inspiration with my painting I’ve taken the color another direction. I’m not sure if that stays either. We’ll see .e
Well I thought I’d makeover the pastel because it is so messy and much too green so I painted over it in oil.
Now I’ m not loving try #2. The more I compare it to my inspiration the less true it is to the original. Its darker, stormier, too vivid. My first impulse is to give up and scrap it. I really am a perfectionist. I am impatient and easily distracted so it takes the wind out of my sails when I see there is no quick fix. I guess this is a metaphor for my life. I won’t ever improve beyond beginner/ intermediate if I don’t draw the line in the sand and wrestle with it until I really learn what I need to know. Sigh.
Today it is stormy, cold, wet and windy and today, of all days I was compelled to create. I lost my art room to support the remodeling cause so I gathered my supplies and set up camp in our gazebo
My canvas is a large board picked up from the wood scrap pile at Home Depot. I discovered, much to my delight, that Home Depot sells 2 quart containers of paint for 2 bucks each. I bought 13 in assorted colors then dropped in to the Michaels store with a 50% off coupon which I used to buy a cool Martha Stewart set of letters to decoupage. I’ m not gifted in making up art out of my head but I can do a fair to half baked copy of what I see so I tried my hand at my favorite book by Nancy Tillman, WHEREVER YOU ARE MY LOVE WILL FIND YOU. I stenciled words Sing Dance Rejoice because I want to blend the spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then as a final touch I tried to splatter white to create the starry effect Nancy added to her book cover and to my horror I totally goofed and big runny gobs of white paint were dripping down everywhere. O NO!!! I groaned in shocked disbelief. Then determining not to put another ounce of energy into my masterpiece gone wrong I turned the dance under the moon into a dance in the sprinklers under the moon. What do you think? Is it worth saving?
My neighbor just lost her mother. I wanted to convey how much God loves her so I pulled Jesus’ analogy from the sermon on the mount in Matthew where He uses the care God takes with creating magnificent flowers that are so short lived and points out how very much more he cares about meeting our needs who, to God are of far greater worth.
I found this photo of the lily and painted both the flower and Matthew’s verse in part. I loved this rock because of its size and interesting colors. This work is not finished but when it is done I hope my neighbor will find a place in her yard for this and take comfort every time she sees it.
Found this lovely scene in the Orange County Register announcing the race from Newport to Ensenada and tried my hand at it. Started with colored pencils then filled in with oil and watercolor. A lovely way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.