Once upon a time, there was a ratty old bench that got no love. The bench was a Craigslist find from the day where there were no facebook yardsale groups. Originally intended as a fixer upper project for an interior design project, it ended up being put to the side for many years and forgotten about.
Its been quite a busy few weeks in my household as I'm sure it has been for most people with kids. We've had a scary visit into the hospital (all is okay now though, thankfully!), we had family visit from Ohio, planned my son's super-hero 4th birthday party, my boy started on his very first sports team and of course work and just all around lots of picking up and laundry, laundry, laundry. I managed to fit in some painting here and there! However, one of the things I painted this week will not be shown until after next weekend as it is a gift and I want to keep it off the internet until it has been presented! So, stay tuned for that (Hint: it involves wine and reclaimed material!)
Happy Friday, everyone! Not a whole lot going on this week art wise in my life. Remember the seascape painting that my daughter covered over in this post? Well, I'm out of canvas but had a strong urge to paint. So, I covered over it with a new seascape! This is the fourth redo on this canvas FOURTH
Art and Design have always been a part of my life. When I was a child, art was my distraction. When I was supposed to be cleaning my bedroom, I'd be drawing in a sketchbook. In catholic school, we would have to keep bibles with us as we studied religion and I found myself doodling right in my bible pages and all over the cover (hey, I was paying attention to the stories). In high school, sports eventually became replaced with art as I began to take it more seriously.
I did it when I was young throughout my young teens. I still have remnants in my old bedroom of bands symbols and quotes that I marked up on my closet door. I just threw away an old desk that had a list of people I was inviting to a party I was throwing in highschool written down the side of it. I don't know what the infactuation is with not drawing on paper but whatever that trait may be it was definitely passed down to my toddler...
I took the reference photo for this painting as a snapshot on my phone while scrolling through Instagram. A row of trees lined up along a calm lake. A layer of fog was resting closer to where the land met the water. I added more trees than the reference photo showed and gave the trees more of a golden touch. In my mind, despite the darker clouds in the background, the sun was out somewhere! Otherwise, I'm not sure the reflections in the water would be so clear.
My first large scale painting was started this past February. After the wee little one drew over the bottom portion with sharpie I lost my motivation for continuing the painting and left the unfinished piece sitting in my room (it didn't fit in my tiny studio). I passed by the painting many times a day. I'd look at it and wish I had the motivation to finish it. I needed something to inspire me to pick it back up.
My daughter, aged 2, is very determined, very very strong willed! She also has a very artistic side, which I am ecstatic about! I see visions of us going to art shows when she grows up and her becoming her own artist. My mother says she is just like I was, always coloring and drawing.