Hi all y’all!
Here we are 33 days until the presidential election and in a pandemic. Who knew? On the brighter side, the weather is beginning to feel like Fall.
I have had a difficult time painting. I have several theories about this.
- I was burned out from the Children’s Hospital paintings.
- It is hard to find inspiration in Netflix.
- I was thinking I needed extra rest from the stress of Covid, but maybe it was really hot out and I am a bit lazy.
I usually paint people. I love how the face emerges. I like painting skin tones. I feel like faces tell a story.
Our family had a mirror that was about 100 years old. It fell off of the wall and broke. The frame broke, too. I loved the wood and it was very hard for me to paint over the beautiful wood, but I had no choice as I could see it. My daughter Katy cut a piece of 1/4 inch plywood to fit inside. Then it got tricky.
I painted this bouquet of flowers sooo many times. I only have two photos. I never thought I would finish it or blog about it.
You can see the wood frame next to the painting. I attached the broken pieces with wood putty and sanded it the best that I could with my dremel tool. I couldn’t stand this layout. There were too many colors. I thought my flowers should look like real flowers and that isn’t how I paint.
I asked my daughters and their wives what they thought a good background would be. I got so many ideas. A window, mercury glass with the flowers reflecting, stained glass because of the shape of the frame, a bright contrasting color, Katy’s face. I went with solid black just like I began. The table cloth is suppose to look like lace using some of the yellow from the sunflowers.
Finally, I like it.
I see that I need to make the stems darker on the baby’s breath. I painted this for our new house, so maybe our current house will sell now.
This is my original inspiration. I have liked this painting since I was a child. My mom painted this when she was in high school about 1936.
Maybe I can paint again now. Wish me luck.