Festival Days

Festival Days 8″x10″ 
oil on canvas panel NFS
This is one of my most recent paintings. When it comes to painting, lately, I have been very discouraged and uninspired. I had a really busy summer doing shows and teaching workshops, and as good as that sounds, it really took something away from my art and I feel like I haven’t produced anything very good in quite a while. Every painting feels overworked and exhausted before it is finished. Sooooo….I decided to work on materials I didn’t care about, so my intention wouldn’t be selling, with my beautiful kids as my subject matter, so I wouldn’t want to sell…and I whipped off this one in a few hours. I had a hard start, as I was still fighting that “block”, and I wiped her off about four times, before I finally committed, but I’m really happy with how it turned out. I still feel like I could have gotten a bit looser, but, maybe next time:)

new sketch

Summertime….for the Sketchbook Project
This is a new sketch I did the other night for the Sketchbook Project. The photo isn’t good, but it’s better than the scan. I tried to add the touch of color, but I’m not sure how I feel about it. It’s kind of clashy with the yellow-toned paper, I think. But oh well! I don’t have to try to worry about pleasing anyone but myself with this one. Thanks to the facebook group Happiness Yes for the photo. It made me happy to look at it, which I really need right now, considering the state of things at home.