Monday, January 18, 2021

a happy beginning


after a very lengthy absence from most activity of painterly creations, today the muse told me she was about to give me the heave-ho if I didn't create something, anything.  since my brain has been mooning about springtime and getting back to the garden, I felt I had a perfect subject matter, and found some reference photos to help me on my way to this new painting.

I set up my little painting area in the main house again, due to the studio being a disaster as well as too chilly for my delicate nature, and set to work.

she is still a work in progress, but I felt the need to share my joy of creating a new piece again.

this piece shows my gratitude and amazement of the ability of each little seed to grow such abundance.  it represents growth and learning, sowing seeds of all kinds, and flourishing where you are planted.  

more to come on this one!

update; I believe she has said all she wishes to.

"she is a sower of seeds"

until later,

Friday, September 25, 2020

another in the 'happy place' series

I've decided to do another of my 'happy place' girls right away, since the first one helped get me out of my own headspace while painting her.  this girl is meditating on affirmations to get her through her 'stuff'.  I think a lot of us need minute-to-minute thinking these days, just to get by, and affirmations can help that process.

heres how she stands, unless I give her some last minute tending;

and heres how she got to that place

some color to start
I liked how the drips fell, and wanted to highlight them, so
turned the canvas

sketching in the pose

I had a couple of reference photos for this one

this sign is where I got my initial inspiration for the series
and I liked the cross legged pose

I liked the tilt of her head while looking at the viewer
and hoped to capture her slight smile

this is when I decided affirmations were in play here
and I liked the rainbow on her calf

getting color into her face, clothes and hair

getting the background ready for the affirmations

here she is again

I like her sweet face

"Affirmations as a Happy Place"
sending little love letters to the universe tells it where you want to go and is a great way to calm the mind.  it also reminds the energies around us what you wish to have happen.  saying "I am calm" is better than saying "I will not be anxious", because your brain gets confused with the "be anxious" part of the latter sentence.   be careful with the words you speak to yourself; the energies are there to meet you.

here is a good article about creating affirmations for yourself and why they are helpful.

sending you so much love!

until later,

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

happy place

 well.  to be honest, I love this piece!  I love her beginning, middle and end of her.  I love the message most of all.  "find your happy place".  but, I dont think that I'm happy with having her in just one happy place, so I think this might have to be a 'happy place' series!  I'm happy at my easel, I'm happy reading, or having tea...  yeah, this may be a loose and free series of wonky but trying-to-be-happy girls!

I had 3 photo references I went by, creating a very loose pose.

basic pose

her cheeky smile

her hair

and heres her history on the canvas;

lots of happy color

the sketch

initial background color

needed more color, this time green-gold
and made pool tiles

back to blue background, water, and the words
working on skin tones

then worked on her playful face

here she is again

and some happy close-ups

she's smiling, but theres a questioning in her eyes

splashing of paint in the water,
I added words here and there.  "sing" on her knee, "splash" on a tile,
 "joyful", and "breathe" in other spots

color and texture make me happy!
look in the pink; you find the word "joy(ful)"hidden there!

the colorful drip down her throat made me happy and
reminded me of her windpipe, so added "breathe" to her chest

I think we all need the reminder to be in our own happy place in the world.  when times get tough, breathe it out, close your eyes and imagine your best place.  if only for a minute.

until later,