Wednesday, March 28, 2012
This poor, neglected blog
Five months?! Really? Well, thanks to a friend's comment, I'm at it again. This school year has been incredibly fulfilling, but very time consuming. Teaching three art classes and happily working on a steady flow of commissioned paintings -- as well as living as a homeschooling family and playing with friends -- leaves little time for much else. I feel very fortunate to have all of this busyness in my life. With that said, I took a short break to sketch and paint something just for myself. The pencil sketch sat in my journal for at least a month while the ideas for colors and moods formed. By the time I put the first dollop of paint on the palette, I could see the entire painting in my mind. Sometimes I have to fight to get a painting "right"; other times, the entire idea is scrapped and the partially-finished canvas gets pushed to the side until it can be covered with gesso to make a fresh start another day. Working on these birds made me so happy and whole again. Art is therapy! I choose not to title most of my personal paintings because it's more fun for the viewer if I let the image speak for itself.