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…


14 thoughts on “New Painting ~ New Studio… An Update

  1. Beautiful painting!!! I’ve missed seeing you here, welcome back! Congratulations on the new studio! When there are stressful times I’m the same its hard to be productive or creative; I hope that will change for you soon.


  2. It’s really gorgeous… I especially love the vase! I’m never very creative when I’m stressed either… Haven’t been blogging for awhile myself. Hopefully you can find more spaces to let it go and let God breathe through you.

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    1. Oh…thanks so much…Yes, I’ve noticed that you haven’t been blogging as much. I did get my spinning wheel out and got it in working condition, but now I’ve slacked off. At least it’s here in my house whenever I get in the mood. 🙂


  3. It seems to me a lot of folks have been blogging less, painting less. Stress is not a friend of creativity. Your painting is beautiful, I just love that yellow rose! Your studio looks perfect, lots of light, and quiet. Wishing you the best…and much less stress 🙂
    God Bless


    1. Thank you, Sheila. I guess when the September 30 Paintings in 30 days rolls around, we’ll once again be cheering each other on. I listened to one of Leslie’s talk shows today while I was finishing up this painting and she talked about September… I’m looking forward to it. 🙂


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