Finally back in the studio today after 3 weeks of vacationing. When you live at a vacation destination you get to vacation a lot!
Today is also the first day I have had the opportunity to experiment with the sample pastels and paper I ordered. I am sure you have heard it before, but I will say it again. The right tools make the job so much easier.
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!
I have spent the last few days working hard on leaves! I threw a deer in the mix just to add to the frustration! I am sure this is like the plateau on a diet, right? I say that like there is comfort in that – I usually give in to my hunger with large amounts of chocolate when on a diet!
It is like beating my head against a wall! I can’t seem to get the pastels to make the lines or layer the way I see them working in my head. I know if I work through this I will have learned something wonderful and have the most exquisite images, just need to keep painting!