Dead of winter... halfway through. I have friends who are at the beach, soaking up the sunshine, playing and dining outdoors, in warm places. No. I don't resent you - YOU DESERVE IT. And honestly, this winter, despite a couple of weeks of rough patch, has been sort of kind. I hope you exult in your warm days, your tan you tried not to get (right...). Kick off your flip flops and walk the beach, let your mind wander and R-E-L-A-X. Because... yeah... you deserve it.
And here's a sneak peek at a Work In Progress (or maybe it's done, I never know). See, our Girls Just Wanna Paint topic this month is "Palette". You know, like our artist's palette. So... first I made many sketches in my sketchbook of one of those hand held wooden palettes. My personal palette is one of two: a clear glass piece on a kitchen cart, or a disposable palette, with about 20 sheets of waxy paper.
I. Was. Bored.
So, I thought, what if I made a wild garden (the only kind I can grow) and made a flower for each color on my palette? I use a limited palette (to start with, anyway) of
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Red Light
Path Blue and
So I took a canvas and over about 4 days laid down the 'darks' of the leaves, stems and loam, and the 'light' of the sky. At least 2 layers for the sky - at least 6 for the darks. Then.... I COULD NOT BEAR to put the flowers in! FEAR OF FAILURE. A friend whose opinion I respect came by and I asked her and she said, no, no flowers. I agreed. Mostly. Decided to start from scratch with a completely different idea.
BUT THEN... I was cleaning my other house's studio out and found a big piece of mylar (clear sheeting). I taped it over (you can see a piece of tape on the upper left corner) the painting and proceed to paint as I had imagined it. And I am very glad I tried this. I don't know now, if I will paint this design on the actual painting or simply adhere the mylar with the paint on it on TOP of the canvas. But it came out exactly as I imagined it.
Lesson: Trust yourself.