A rainbow coloured canvas waits behind my sleepy cat.
The background is complete and ready for an image....another elephant.
I painted the outline in black.
Then a background in blue?
Nah...take a step back...less blue please, pass the baby wipe!
I added a white background so she stands out and then some green inky grass to stand in. The right eye is a bit small here...
And here as she stands today.
At this stage she is 95% finished in my eyes.
Well, when I look at her I see that the right ear and leg are a little duller than the left so I will try and add a bit more bright colour down that side to even her out, maybe a little more white highlights on both ears too.
After this, she'll need to be sealed (thank you Atkinson family for giving me some spray on sealer!)
And finally? She needs to be named! I have been calling her Wise One so I'll see if that name sticks.
I love journalling and I often write snippets of gratitude once or twice a week, to reflect on and tune in to all the good stuff in my life.
So....I am going to try and do a daily gratitude series on my blog. Maybe some text, maybe a photo. I won't promise to blog everyday but I will make a note in my journal or take a photograph...DAILY....and then post them on here.
If you want to play along, please comment, drop me a line, start your own blog (You know who you are!!) or personal journal.
So here goes...
Friday 7th: The beginning of a weekend away for me...friendship, hot tea, delicious food, fresh flowers, good conversation and a warm and comfy bed.
Saturday 8th: Art workshop with my lovely friend, learning from Tracy Verdugo. I was so out of my comfort zone, I felt very awkward and inexperienced, I was the only one there who had virtually zero acrylic painting experience. It reminded me a little of when I did Singing with the Stars...shitting myself most of the time on the inside haha but knowing I wanted to be there and do my best. So, yeh, I attended and experimented... with a beginners mind and a good dose of courage and did the best I could.
And again, friendship and hospitality, laughter, good conversation, a different warm bed and a full belly of delicious homemade food! I seriously get spoiled when I am away staying with friends in Adelaide.
Sunday 9th Oct: Day 2 of the art workshop and I found I relaxed...a little. ;-)
Here is pic of Tracy's layers on day 2.
And mine coming along....
Below is Tracy finishing hers off as an under the sea scene..."Night dive".
She makes it look easy! You can check out her website here
I had to stop to take a photo or two of the sunset on my drive home.
Monday 10th: Family time! I had missed those little faces...and the big one too.
Tuesday 11th: Celebrating our 2nd Wedding Anniversary! Some art with The Man of the House (he is so good at painting...like naturally...with ease! Grrrr, haha) and then Cafe Capella's in Moonta for tea...it is always consistently good there. I have never been disappointed.
A brisk walk after tea before it all unravelled, haha. Cafe Capella begins dinner at 5pm which is perfect for dining out with kids but it still requires a bit of patience...during or after!
My painting is looking good...nearly finished, another sess or two and I'll be done. Tracy's method involves lots of layering, symbols, mark making, using acrylics and ink which react with water and playing with colour & texture. I am so glad I attended.
Ok, I'll be back soon for more gratitude.
Here is a beautiful song I heard on the radio, it makes me cry but alot of things do these days :-) I adore his deep voice.
My first attempt at a large piece, 30cm x 30cm.
I wanted to work fast but go with the flow, no room for perfection but still honor my desire to create something beautiful.
I have placed it in an empty wall space in my lounge room for now, I love it, it makes me want to look closer.
However, I do think these large pieces are going to need more black to really pop for wall art. They already work so beautifully for small, intricate pieces.