I blog to you today completely covered in paint. If I do say so myself, I think I outdid myself! (My poor fingers!)
I painted quite a few backgrounds this morning...
I really love how these turned out. Some, I'm sure, are fine as is...but I just can't wait away from a (far-from) blank canvas! I swear to do as little as possible to these...we'll see.
|I love being sloppy with paint and getting really heavy with how much I use.|
|I've been very into textures lately.|
|I'm very intrigued by this one. I might even leave it as is!|
|I'm the least satisfied with this one and also the most clueless as to what to do with it! We'll see - I'll let it sit for a bit.|
|This one's just fantastical. Again, lots of layers of paint and playing around with textures.|
|My new idea is every time I paint, instead of wiping my brush off in a napkin, I use a tiny canvas, so I end up with a painting out of my palette - this is what my "palette" turned into this morning!|
So I decided to get my hands on two of these background, just because inspiration struck me - trees of course!!! I was so happy with my last tree painting (that has yet to be named - the "contest" is still on, readers!)
|Since the background was layered with so much paint and texture, I outlined my trees in gesso first.|
|This is how my trees came out!|
|Starting off with some gesso...|
|Tree Proposal - easy title!|
|Not unlike some other folks I know...|
For other inspiration, sometimes I check out the site Fun Art Challenges - there are some fun little prompts to get you started. Today, I saw the idea "Draw the Last Meal You Ate" - and it reminded me of that whole awful time I was unable to eat or drink anything - it's amazing how not even being allowed to have as much as an ice cube for over three years, now seems like a small blip. Everything does pass, I guess.
But, when I couldn't eat, as I mentioned before I became obsessed with cooking - (as I say in my one-woman show, you become obsessed with what you can't have!) and food in general. And, I actually did create quite a bit of food-related art when I was just fed through IV's. Man, I missed food!
|When I was unable to eat or drink for over three years, I created my "dream meal" on this canvas!|
|Fantasizing about food in the hospital...|
|So real I could almost eat it! But couldn't :(|
|Me with my amazing dad after my last surgery in 2012|
You can listen at this link HERE. I'm singing, my brother Matt is playing the piano as usual. If you want to hear me strum it out pretty poorly on guitar (how I compose) - you can laugh at me HERE.
This April it will be an entire decade since my stomach exploded. It's been a long road, a complicated story, and way too much for one blog post! I'll try to post little snippets of my beautiful detour throughout. But the important thing I remember, is I'm here, I'm living, life is beautiful, life is wonderful, thank you thank you thank you. There is just so much to take in, so much to make of it...
And that is why I create.