The back side of our mailboxes look like little birdhouses! I have walked out to these mailboxes all summer long thinking, "I really need to paint this!" I finally got to it yesterday. I think this little scene sums up our lovely warm days of summer. I can just hear the hum of bees and hummingbirds.
I worked and wiped then worked and wiped before I got to this point. Sometimes, believe it or not you have to go through a few run throughs before you come up with a fresh not overworked painting. Like little warm ups. As frustrating as this can be at times it may well be worth it to keep trudging along. As long as you clean the slate and try again rather than reworking the same area. I am stubborn like that. Sometime it works and sometimes you just have to walk away and call it a day. But it's worth a try and always educational.
Every time I sit on my couch this is my view. I have wanted to paint it so many times. Well, I finally have. This little fella is the friendliest fish we have ever had. He really has happy a personality. Whenever you approach he comes to greet you. He swims round and round, I swear when Sunday football is on tv he seems especially active! I know this all sounds crazy, but Hercules was a prize at a local street fair and when my daughter brought him home I groaned. But this little goldfish lived with us for almost 4 years!
My son came home with a new goldfish the very same way. I was kind of excited...but Nigel is very different. Very skittish, hides all day and doesn't swim around much...
A rescue painting...maybe... I painted this little one last year and wasn't thrilled with it, so it laid around my studio like a sore thumb. I finally picked it up and fiddled around with it yesterday. Still not sure...but happier with the changes.
Looking forward to a lazy day and enjoying the drop in humidity. Also looking forward to my first full week of work after summer break. This little landscape will be dry in a few days if you are interested in having it brighten a little spot on your wall :)
Soaking up the last days of summer. As you can see the texture is so different on the canvas from my usual painting surface in most posts. I like the texture but still prefer the smoother primed masonite artboard.
Time to get back to work. The kids are in school and it is time to get back to the easel. My studio always becomes the catch all room so after sorting, filing etc for 2 hours I gave up and picked up a paint brush. Feels so good to paint again!
A commissioned piece by one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met, for a wedding gift recently. This was such a joy and challenge to paint. I was thrilled to hear that the Bride and Groom were pleased.
August is almost here! That means I will be back at my day job full force. I am missing painting. The kids will be back in school soon. 2 in college this year and one in elementary! Summer has been a whirlwind and yet it feels like forever since I have been in the studio.
I have so many ideas and so many pictures that I can't wait to begin. For now, I would like to post a few of my favorites from 2015. Somehow I got quite a few painted that summer. Anyway these are still available.