New Painting ~ New Studio… An Update

It’s been so long since I posted, but it’s also been so long since I have completed a painting. I’ve been working on this one bouquet of flowers from my garden, determined to complete it no matter what…Here it is almost finished…

painting in progress

I started this one on an 8″x 10″ canvas, and ended up scraping it about 10 times, until I finally put the canvas down and started over on this larger canvas. I don’t really know why this has been such a struggle for me. Life has changed a lot around here, and I’m dealing with so much more stress. It’s interesting to note how stress affects your painting, but also frustrating. I think some people can probably paint masterpieces from the depths of their soul while in their struggles, but I think I’m a more fair weather artist. How about you? Do you notice a difference in your productiveness, either positive or negative, depending on what you are going through in real life?

The hardest part of this painting for me was the yellow rose… I have painted roses before, but it was as if I had never done it before. Finally after redoing it so many times, I prayed to God for assistance. It was interesting, because from there on out, I was using a totally different technique, and it’s working. 🙂

The other part that was hard for me was the dark shady side of the white peonies. After all, that peony is white, not gray, so I struggled with making it dark enough to show shadow.

I have moved my art from my dining room table to a small house on another part of our property. We call it “The Kennel”, because it used to be a dog kennel before we remodeled it. Here are a couple of glimpses into my new studio…

photo 1

photo 2

So, that’s my update for now. I’ve been missing you all…