sold (8x8in on Canvas Panel)
It’s been too long since I’ve sat down and painted something that wasn’t a commission, or a transformer cabinet, or anything with a due date. So today I scheduled nothing during baby’s nap except painting…and maybe baking. I typed “creature” warily into morguefile‘s search engine (I have a piece due for another project that might fit this category so I thought I’d start there) and scrolled till something might look inspiring. This is dangerous because I can sometimes get lost scrolling and then lose all enthusiasm to want to paint, but alas. This lizard photo popped up and I gave it a whirl. I enjoyed all the light purples and had fun emphasizing the blues, greens, pinks and oranges. The photo did that cool thing where the head was all in focus and the rest of the body was blurry- a tricky thing to establish in a painting, and something I can always get better at; but there it is.
Next week I’m doing a fun abstract lesson as the final project with my 3 kiddos I’ve had all summer. I had globs of paint left over from this lizard so I threw it on a canvas to maybe prep it for that lesson. Always a good exercise if you don’t want to paint but feel like you should – just throw paint on something. Most of my favorite pieces come from happy mistakes.