Finally, I was able to say goodbye to work for a couple of weeks and now I am half way through “throwing a few things” aka packing way too much for a few days away with my gorgeous man.
I am taking paints, hopefully I will actually use them. It’s a new thing to take paints, usually it is just pencils or pens so who knows, perhaps I might get out in the fresh air and paint a beach scene or jetty.
Or I might just sit on the couch if the weather gets a bit dodgy and read a book. Both options are very appealing at this moment.
My Dad is back home, thank you all for your good wishes last post. He is so much better than he has been in ages and hopefully will continue to improve.
This is probably going to be a quick post as I do have a list of things I need to do still but I wanted to show you my latest art.
It all started when I saw this instagram post by a lovely friend in Canada.
All those lovely trees and light just excited me. And suddenly the creative light bulb in my head went off.
I wanted to build on last weeks exercise (weird horse/giraffe thing) and thought I could use this image as inspiration.
But what to paint on?
Glancing around my studio, I spotted this old one. A very old one that I painted as an emotional response when a friend of mine was in hospital.
But that was then, and as that friendship has ended, and the emotional attachment to the painting is no longer, it was time to change it’s negative energy to something fresh and positive.
A good coating of gesso, and then a very thick layer of impasto medium later, we had the start of an autumn/fall themed painting.
24 hours of drying time and it was ready to take to class and bring my concept to realisation.
The background was worked in mostly yellows, greens and blues with a few hints of orange and red to lift it. Paint was applied with everything from knives, brushes and rags. Fingers might have also been useful in smearing as I worked to ensure the texture still showed though.
Finally, the trees. Simply painted in long strokes, with light highlights, keeping everything still a little abstract. Lots of soft edges created with a rag and soft “mop” brush techniques.
My “Autumn Forest”, misty and colourful. I think one of my new favorite paintings and definity a new happier energy than what was before.
Also fall of happy energy, new shoes. Once boring white canvas and now just a little “Jackson Pollock”
And finally, before I go rescue the washing from what looks like impending rain (so bloody sick of rain), not sure if I showed off the completed portrait of “Trixie”
She is finished, framed and in her new home.
Ok, definitely need to move this butt, getting much darker outside now. Ugh.
Anyway, until next time, keep smiling and keep creating whatever makes your heart sing.
Smiles and Hugs