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.
One thing I love to do is to give gifts to others. Especially if it is the “perfect” gift and if it’s an unexpected gift. Who doesn’t love surprises! I sure do, but that isn’t why I buy surprise gifts. I do it because it makes me feel so darn good. Plus “perfect” gifts aren’t always known ahead of time. You find “perfect” gifts when you aren’t looking. Maybe that is why I love giving these types of gifts. You see it; instantly think of someone; then you buy it.
I have been guilty of buying a gift because it is expected and doing that does not mean I don’t enjoy it. But when you see that “perfect” gift it lights up your entire day. In fact you’re dying to tell someone what you found and who you’re going to give your “perfect” gift to.
My daughter called me one day so happy and excited. I could tell from her voice that she had something great happen. She told me that she is the best daughter ever. (Yes I knew this. ) She just found the perfect gift for me. She can’t tell me because she is going to give it to me for Christmas. But mom, she said it’s so perfect for you and I had to tell you now. I know Christmas is 3 months away, but mom this is so “perfect”. Yes honey I know how that feels.
The point of this story is I was commissioned to paint a painting. He had a vision of a gift. I could tell by his words it was one of those “perfect” gifts. I painted his painting from a group of pictures and a old Christmas card. His vision came in pieces.
So I gave him some choices and he made his selection and I began to paint. Today he got his painting. He looked happy and I felt happy. Creating a “perfect” gift for someone is pretty darn awesome too.
I never get tired of painting sheep. The challenge is finding the right picture. I follow Leatherwood Creek Farms from Pulaski, Tennessee on Instagram. With the photographer Julie Refer’s permission I paint from her photos.
This is a sample of what I’ve painted. It is 12”x12” acrylic on canvas. It is for sale for $75.