Fooling Around with Paint
Dear loved ones,
Well I went to work today and got sent home. Actually, that is not quite accurate, I left on my own initiative. The new manager insisted I wear a mask while working and I explained that I could wear the face shield, but wearing the mask makes me pass out due to lack of oxygen. When I was called back to work last week, I explained the situation and it was going to be okay for me to wear the shield, but as of today that is no longer acceptable.
So, I can not work until I get a doctor’s note. It is going to be almost a week before I can even talk to my doctor about this, and the walk-in clinics don’t exist anymore. Appointments only.
It is fine, I will just stay home until it gets straightened out. This gives me more time to fool around with some paint. Yeh!
I haven’t started a new painting in awhile, almost two weeks. I have nothing new to show you. What to do? I want to post a few paintings that you have already seen and add a bit of details about each piece.
Acrylic painting, size 12” x 9” on canvas. Title: ‘The blossoms of her life’.
I had a lot of fun with this piece and just started with shapes and blobs of paint and continually adding more and more detail. It was just an exercise and playtime. I am happy that it turned out as nice as it did. It has joined several paintings on my bedroom wall, the wall I can see while laying in my bed. It is one of the first things I see when I open my eyes. I used to have portraits of divine masculine on this wall, but I moved things around and those paintings are on the wall behind my head. I have to get out of bed to really look at them.
Acrylic painting, 11” x 14” on canvas Title: “Romanizing the waves”
This painting was a challenge for me to paint waves and the shoreline. I think it turned out quite well. Working in acrylic is quite different from watercolour, which is my favorite medium, but I am starting to love the baroque look. I like texture and layers and intense colour. With watercolour I always used many layers of paint thinly applied to add depth. I can’t stand wishy washy paintings, or at least I can’t stand when I paint that way. Others can achieve that hazy distant look with just one wash, but I haven’t been successful with this yet. My goal is to paint a beach scene so that it looks like we are looking through hazy summer heat (do you know what I mean?). I need to practice this some more before I dare show anyone.
Watercolour painting, 9” x 12” on hot press 300lb watercolour paper, Title: “Blue Road Yellow Sky”
I have made a few different paintings from the same sketch. The sketch was done from a road trip along the Northshore of Ontario on our way to Toronto. I was not driving at the time. Ha ha. My husband was driving (heaven help me as he shouldn’t have been allowed behind the wheel). I think he almost killed us on this trip, one of the last times he actually drove. He insisted that he was fine but I knew he wasn’t. I took over driving after he drove off the road and almost in the ditch. Anyway, we were following behind this little blue car for mile after mile, so I got a nice sketch of the car. Also, the trees along the sides of the road all had a look as the trees in a Group of Seven painting. I love these trees so very much.
Acrylic painting, 12’ x 14” on canvas, Title: Portrait of Frank Sinatra
Divine masculine sent me a photo of Frank Sinatra that he really liked, so I decided that I would do a painting for him as a gift. I tried something new with this piece. I used a knife to paint. It was a bit of a challenge for me, but it was so much fun. Layer after layer of acrylic paint applied with a knife and different size spatulas. I think it turned out quite well. DM never did receive his painting. I tried to even mail it to him but he insisted that he wanted me to place it in his hands. Well, I never saw his hands to place that painting into no matter how many plans and arrangements were made. So, it hangs on my wall across from my bed and I am in love with it now and do not want to part with it. I will make him a copy if he still wants it, but he is not getting the original. Ha.
I think that is all I have to share today. I would like to do this kind of post again if you are interested. I love beautiful things and I hope that my paintings are adding a little to the beauty of this world and make some small difference. Thank you for being with me here today. I love you. Hugs & Kisses, Summerhill Lane xoxo