I’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks. I am grateful that Jim likes to cook, otherwise I may have starved!
Today I finished an abstract landscape, that we see a lot at camp. We are so far down in the ravine that, in places, when you look up you can’t see the sky. You see this glorious green glow from the leaves and deep, dark branches. I did a watercolor underpainting for this one. I am not convinced it was necessary, although it made the pastel painting portion very quick.
I have been meaning to finish the last painting in a series for my daughter, and was able to get that done. I am really pleased with how it turned out.
While my nose was running yesterday and my ears were clogged about all I could handle was a less than stellar landscape. I feel better today and on second look decided I really like the color combination and will use that again.
I also got squirreled by zentangles, they are amazing aren’t they! I spent many evenings over the holidays working on these two. I love them and want to do more!
It’s been a great month since we left the Little White House. We have spent our time visiting family and friends. To the point that some of them may be tiring of putting us up and feeding us! We have not been able to spend this much time in several years.
Although this has been great for us, it hasn’t been as good for my art. I am not as confident as I should be to draw in front of others and I always feel selfish when I take time to draw instead of socialize. Drawing and painting demand my full attention.
I have set myself a few goals and am working on being a better artist, I am also going to enjoy these holidays by collecting as many hugs as I can!
A Billy Joel concert with the fam was an early birthday present! The show fabulous! The scenery gorgeous (and crazy clean for the Democratic Nation Convention)!
I am really enjoying being closer to family. Can’t explain what it is like, seeing these people once a year on a good year for the past 28 years and suddenly able to go play for a night and skip out the door the next morning knowing I will see them again in a week or two is surreal.
I also am truly enjoying the time I’ve had to paint. I have had a few really bad days where I question why I bother, but most days are good. I keep attempting images way beyond my ability and am pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Ideas for next images flow faster than I can write them down, I think about painting tomorrow when I lay down at night, dream about it and wake up ready to go. Crazy, incredible opportunity I have been given!
On good days I get texts with ‘doodles’. These doodles come from a young man (my son) who is a dynamo with a pencil, albeit unbeknownst to himself. It doesn’t matter what kind of paper or the drawing implement, and the subject matter is completely out of his head, sometimes light and happy, sometimes a bit disturbing. Either way, I love to get these texts, they just make me happy.
Several months ago I printed a few of these images with the intention of adding color, just because he won’t and it would be fun!
Finally I have the time to work on this…here is our first collaboration!