Ok super quick update time because apparently we did have a February.. I must have blinked :)
Finished this one...
I started it back in October as part of Flora Bowley's Bloom True E-Course... lots of different layering techniques and mark making. I've included a before shot because my Mitch loved it so much at the before stage he got quite angry when I told him I was going to paint over most of it... took it to his room and wouldn't give it back :) So it's been in limbo for a while waiting for the right time to evolve. It's time had come! I titled it Hello Sweet Mojo because I reckon maybe I've finally found mine :) my mojo I mean, it's been missing for a while now. And I reckon it shows through in this painting.. so light and bright and carefree. Love it!
And this one...
Titled Eclectic Success.... because it's like my Nan's wallpaper, my Mum's tablecloth and my vase with some funky flowers... somehow they all seem to work nicely together though don't you think?
I went "down the river"!!! Big whoop I hear you say. Not for me! So much of my childhood was spent "down the river"... we lived right across the road from a beautiful spot along the Hunter River. It was my families play ground... so many amazing memories! And the first home I owned was also right across the road from another stretch of the same river... during the 25 years we lived there I spent many more wonderful hours "down the river" with my boys creating amazing childhood memories for them too.
When my marriage crumbled and we had to sell up our home I lost my beautiful river :( I haven't been back since. Not because I didn't want to.. it just hasn't happened. So we went back to "our river"... the same stretch my boys grew up at. It was quite emotional for me... like coming home again. I'd forgotten, or perhaps taken for granted, how incredibly beautiful and serene it is down there, and just how big a part of me belongs there. I could have just sat there on that little stretch of sand forever. We can't wait to get back there, next time with a picnic basket and our fishing rods.
I found this gem...
I have never been a fan of Jim Carey, more proof you should never judge a book by it's cover. And that painting! Who would have thought! I'm still not a huge Jim Carey fan but he now has my admiration and respect in bucket loads.
Warning!!! If like me you're not a huge Jim Carey fan be sure to skip to the 10min mark.. that's where the good stuff begins.
And I painted this one for the Beyond Blue Charity Day organised by a lovely local family who have had their share of tough times. I called it Plant Happiness and sent it off with all my love and support for those who need it most. I hope it found a happy home :)
So that was my Feb... a quickie but a goodie :)
"Art has given me so much. If I can pass it on and inspire even one other person to live their own creative passions then I'm a very happy artist indeed "