Candy Suckers

So I’m on this site where photos are free for artists to paint. So I start scanning the images that are posted. I see a picture of a little boy in a country I know I will never have the means to visit. I’m always drawn to children especially children wearing their cultural dress. The fabric is beautiful and the little boy too adorable not to try to make into a painting.

Now when you paint from a photo it is important that the images are high quality. High quality images makes it so much easier on the artist. I know this rule. I’ve learned this rule. Yet I must set all of that aside. I want to paint this little boy.

During this quarantine I’ve cleaned my house, organized drawers and cleaned flower beds. So why not challenge myself with painting from a small slightly fuzzy picture.

Here is my final product. It’s a 9”x12” acrylic on canvas. I hope I’ve done him justice.

My One Lone Duck

It hasn’t been easy to paint so painting has been at a slower process then usual. That’s ok. I watch the news and then I feel so drained. I’ve decided for my own mental health I need to regulate how much news I watch each day. Each day I also search for joy.

I have decided to call someone to let them know I am thinking of them. Society seem to often communicate by texting then by talking. We need to not just rely so much on texting. It is not enough to help find joy. Do when I call and visit with a friend or with a family member I love hearing about their life, their families and how they are spending their day. We all have a story to tell.

This week my granddaughter stopped at the house and tapped on the patio door. So good to see her. We shared a few words and said “I love you’s”. It was a moment of joy.

I have actually been listening to several different podcasts and so many talk about joy. I am lucky I have my husband with me but not everyone has someone to be with during this period of isolation. So think of them and pick up the phone. No one is ok being alone all of the time.

Find joy for yourself and help others find their joy during this most challenging and difficult time.

Mixed Media

I typically shy away from learning different art processes but this is addicting. I think it is helping me get in touch with my inner child by using glue, scissors, and paint. When I start I don’t have a clear image of my final product which is fun and scary at the same time. You see I have always been the type of person who stays within the lines. This has no lines. It does have many layers.

So I had a sketch of a bird with a touch of zen doodle. This bird I then scanned and printed onto card stock. I had the subject piece for my mixed media. More glue, mod podge and paint. I think it’s done.

“Sweet Song” 5.75” x 5.75” mixed media on wood. $25