Hi everybody! I didn't know if I was going to get this post up today but thankfully I finished my painting. I still had quite a bit to do before leaving for Chicago for the weekend so needless to say, my Sunday evening was spent painting pretty much from the moment I got home until I went to bed. Not the most ideal situation but I definitely would not trade the weekend I had with my best friends for a little extra time painting. Nothing like a little time crunch to really motivate me to work right? Anyways, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Like I just said, my friends and I had a great time in Chicago and I'll probably show you some pictures from that in the next couple days. Other non-art related subject worth noting is that fact that this morning I woke up to the first snowfall of the year! I'm not thrilled about it but I do have to admit, a layer of snow sure does look pretty. I think I'm feeling a little bit more welcoming to the snow this year because I know it is the last winter I will really have to deal with it for a while (maybe forever?!). And that my friends, is one darn good feeling.
So about this painting. Speaking of winter and my future departure from the midwest, I think I was feeling a little nostalgic when choosing colors and subject matter of this piece. It started out with the antlers, which I like using in my art every now and then. You can see one example here. The color scheme was definitely inspired by "wintery" (is that a word?) colors and actually became one of my favorite color schemes that I have used as of lately. I also really enjoyed adding a little bit of gold paint into almost all of my paint mixtures. Gives it a nice little shimmer, try it sometime. I think the pictures will give you a nice play by play of my decision making and creation of this piece. Overall, it went well. I felt like I was back in my zone of feeling inspired and just loving my time with a brush in my hand. I wish I could have gotten the finished piece posted last week but sometimes the art you are supposed to make has other plans.
At this point I liked where the painting was at, but I didn't love it. The obvious heart just didn't feel like me, not totally my style. So I started to fill in more flowers. At times I felt like I was maybe overdoing it but in the end I like the finished product more then I liked the painting at this stage. Sometimes I think I have a problem with overdoing all of my work and not being able to stop adding details. Or maybe it isn't a problem, at that is just how I am and how my art always will be. Maybe I should just embrace my need to fill in all the spaces with all of the details? What do you think?
We've reached then end of your window into my artistic world. I hope you enjoyed it and come back next Monday. P.S. as usual, feedback is always welcome!