What Have I Been Doing

Self Portrait

Have you ever painted your own portrait? That’s what my art friends and I asked each other a few weeks back. We all said no and agreed we would each give it a try.

Hardest thing was to find the right photo. The right photo hides all of your flaws. The flaws that I am told that only I see. I took a bunch of selfies which felt weird. I had to do a selfie as I quickly saw most of my photos of myself include my family or my friends. I rarely have a photo taken of just me. The photo that I painted from was taken in my basement. This is my art studio. It is also where my grandkids will ask me if “this is where the magic happens?” Yes this is where all the magic happens. ❤️

As I painted this selfie I see all of my hard earned wrinkles. Do I include the wrinkles or exercise artist discretion and omit or tone down the lines that seem to travel around my face. I laugh and told my husband I at least like my wonderful straight teeth. ( I got braces when I was in my 50’s. My mid-life crisis.)

It was a good exercise. I had to slow down and not over think the painting that I was about to paint. So all you artists who haven’t done a self portrait, grab your brush and paint that beautiful face you’re been looking at your entire life. It hopefully will bring some magic back into your heart as it did mine.

Bunny Clothes

Because my grandkids think I can pretty much make anything I’ve been asked to make clothes for a bunny. In all fairness I probably nudged the kids in the direction of thinking grandma is capable of all things. What can I say it’s not easy when they make me feel like a rock star.

So this is my second attempt of making bunny dresses. You see this “dwarf” bunny seems to be getting bigger then what the owner’s brochure said.

So I’ve make three sizes. I’ve also been asked to glam up the outfits. Apparently the little bunny is a bit of a diva. I will mail them out tomorrow.

I love being a grandma. I didn’t realize the pure joy this title gives me. My mom isn’t alive anymore but if she was I would tell her I’m sorry. I’m sorry for not bringing her granddaughter over more often then I had. My parents adored my daughter. It’s a different kind of love then the love of a parent and child. It’s different because you the grandparents are so glad to have lived long enough for this moment.

As a grandparent your never too tired. No request is usually denied and your time is their time. So when a granddaughter asks for bunny clothes you smile and ask, how many. ❤️

Brahma Chickens

I don’t know a lot about chickens but I had a client ask me to paint his. This was the first time someone who wanted a painting didn’t have a picture to give me. He wanted me to come to his farm and take my own photographs. I did. He said paint what inspires me.

What I learned from this experience is to provide a sketch of my vision before I begin to paint. I had not done that. He assumed I was going to paint the chickens in one way but I painted them in another.

It was a learning experience and I hoped he really did love the pictures as he claimed. But next time I will approach this commission entirely different. Show a sketch then pick up a brush. These are the final paintings.