Having given myself permission to paint with bolder colours and abandon the expectation of replicating the perfection of photographs, I am venturing into more ambitious projects.
Mistakes, I am learning, can be tossed or mended. The featured image was meant to be a sunset over water, but my mother called just as I was putting paint to paper and the distraction resulted in a less than satisfactory image. Discouraged I set the work aside, and then decided to turn the water aspect into long grass.
“Would you be interested in a painting from your mother for your birthday?” I asked my son – too polite to say no.
“I’d love a mountain scene,” he offered. For four years he lived in Calgary, and still hears the call of the slopes. I googled a photo of the mountains as viewed from his former home and created this piece. He says he loves it, but I am dissatisfied with the sky – an area I hope to explore more when I take lessons in October.
I have many images sketched and awaiting my attention, and while I try to paint as often as I can, several end up in the trash pile. That’s okay; I am learning, I keep reminding myself. This is just the beginning.
Recently, we took a road trip to Ottawa, following back lanes through rural Ontario. Stopped at a quaint diner, I took a picture of the outside view. To date, this is my favourite piece and I’ve framed it with grey to accent the window effect.
Now my middle daughter has requested a water scene for her birthday, so my wheels are turning in a different direction. Likely I’ll do a few practice runs before I attempt the final product. She is a perfectionist, so pleasing her will be quite a feat. Actually, I’m okay with my art being relegated to hidden away places. At least she’ll have something personal from me.