Some birds and butterflies this week. Stretching again with using stencils in the backgrounds. For the butterfly painting, I drew around the stencils and then painted. Not loving the visible pencil marks and will try to remove.
The Brown Thrasher was painted directly over a marked up piece of paper. Spraying watercolor through the stencil and making some additional marks on the paper became the background. Letting it dry, I then added the Thrasher. It is my favorite of the three. Think I like the lighter tone of the background.
Lots of paint on the Purple Gallinule, but it feels a little muddy in places. In my mind, the sparkle in the lower left created by the dry brush is it’s redeeming quality.
They all measure 4″ x 6″ and will be attached to cards to be sent with love out into the world. Hoping to cancel some of the hatefulness so present these days.
Which one is your favorite?
In addition to these paintings, my desk and I were covered in scraps of paper and doodads this week. My idea for my Christmas card image this year involves collage. However, the image and I may be too stuck to my desk to finish executing it. Stay tuned.
Also, the sewing machine has magically appeared in the studio. A different kind of “make.” The bar stools at the breakfast counter need some cushions, and I couldn’t find what I wanted. This is all Mom and Dad’s fault. Depression-era parents who were creative and resourceful….they set a high bar for what you can accomplish.
A busy studio this week. Want to know why? Thanks
My studio is just a joy, even in dark times. A retreat when the news becomes so painful. When I start to lose my faith, my hope, it draws me in. It brings me into the moment, it soothes my soul. It brings me back to what I am, and what I can do. Small cards sent with love to people who may need to know they are important. Sending love one card at a time allows me to make a difference in my world. Hoping the ripples of love will reach in all directions.
So grateful for my gifts and grateful to share them.
“Did You Art Today?”