I got my mom's favorite painting smock. She made it to suit her and sewed pockets at angles on it. It is made from fabric that has pansies all over it, so I was thinking of her as I painted this. I am sure the fabric came from something else that she repurposed. My mom could have been an inventor because she was always figuring out how to do things better, using what she already had. Instead, she was a really great mom, grandma, greatgrandma, and a very good artist. This still life was actually in cool light and all the colors were cool, but it was a snowy day and I decided to make it warm. I think I might have overdone it with the bowl, but sometimes it is so much fun doing the little squigglies that it is hard to quit!
This still life was a bit of a challenge. The one I did 2 days ago was nice and loose with exciting brushwork but I am finding that I am getting tighter as I go. I had to go back and work on loosing it up.
The colors aren't quite right on this photo. I took several different shots, but I keep coming up with the blues too blue and reds too similar. It is a fun carnival of colors. Today is a very cold and snowy day so everything is in shades of whitish gray. I wonder how my choice of colors in painting is influenced by that?
I'm back! I usually don't have a problem getting back to painting if I have been away for a while, but this time was different. I was afraid or something. I couldn't just go put paint to the board. So, I pulled out an on-line painting course I had purchased a long time ago. I watched the video and used the photo of this still life for reference, and I liked how it turned out. It is different from what I have been doing, but it got me going and I like the results. What do you think?
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I went to visit my mom before Christmas. She passed away shortly after Christmas and I remained in NC for about 3 weeks. Today is the first day I have painted since I left. This is pretty unusual for me, but then it has been a life altering time. This is a painting my mom did a long time ago for my daughter. My mom painted almost everyday for many, many years. She was going to add the little boys (her great grandsons) to this painting, but didn't get to it before she passed, so I did it today. I tried to infuse my contribution with her spirit and method for painting, and it was a good moment.