Grizzly Dreams

Grizzly Dreams (Please click to see big…it looks WAY better:)

This idea came to me in about 30 seconds while I was reading a book about blogging..???
I have no idea where it came from. I don’t think that I was thinking about bears…It was more like, “A blog header should be 692 pix, by 190 pix…wow, that would be a cool painting!”  I did a lightning fast sketch so I wouldn’t forget, and kept reading my book. I didn’t actually get to the painting for a few days. 
This sort of depicts Bella Coola, where I live, but no particular scene. There’s a Nuxalk village, with totem poles, really high, snow-capped mountains, salmon in the rivers, and lots of grizzly bears.
So…the urge to paint from my imagination has passed…there’s no more imaginary scenes fighting to get out of my confusing little brain, so I’m back to my 100 paintings. Today I painted an interesting bottle/vase from life. It’s square, with a flower shaped opening…hmmm…maybe it is a vase…
And, I also painted a cow…to go with the farming/back to the land/natural living series of gallery paintings I’m working on. They will all be posted within the next few days.
These last two fun little illustrations will be posted as prints for sale on Etsy soon, as well, as soon as I get some more paper…
Talk to ya’ tomorrow.

Once upon a time, there was a hungry bear…

So…I should have known better…really…I’m a Taurus, and I’m not sure if this has anything to do with it or not, but…Ever since I was little, every time someone has tried to make me do something, whether I may have possibly wanted to do it or not, I dig in my heels and resist. The more they push me, the more I definitely DO NOT want to do it. Even if I may have started out kind of wanting to…
Anyways, my point is, I told myself…”You are going to paint 100 paintings in 100 days”, and myself, in typical Tahirih fashion (although, I might add, I kinda wanted to) dug in her heels and decided that anything else would be better than painting 100 paintings in 100 days!

The first week went fine, I was enjoying myself, squinting away quite happily, and then something happened. Inspiration.

But it had nothing to do with painting from life. In fact, it had nothing to do with painting from a photograph.
Like I said, I should have known! My grown-up me says “you’re going to paint real things, from life!” and my child me says “No way…I want to paint…from my IMAGINATION!” Add a little foot stomp there for emphasis, lol! I don’t really know why this is happening. I don’t generally get inspired by my imagination…I’m usually moaning about my lack of it, and drooling over everyone elses beautiful, imaginary scenes. Anyways, here is the result. I put it on a black background so you could see the edge of the paper…BTW, I promise I’ll get back to my 100 paintings soon!