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I am having a good day. Just got back from my mom’s group feeling energized and warm-in-spirit; there are others who are in the same spot in life as I am, who are up nightly, (a couple times) who get frustrated from time to time, who love to hear little giggles, who can share what-not-to-eat / what-to-eat stories and the list goes on. I have been attending the mom’s group for three weeks now and we had five moms come. It was really nice. Having a good day, or even good morning really puts stuff into perspective!
My painting perspective as you may have noticed has been dreary this week. I missed my Monday post, which I felt terrible about but it just didn’t happen, nor did it happen yesterday! So, it looks like it’s going to be a one day post unless I get my act together and post again tomorrow 🙂 We have been busy with company and dinners. It has been nice, but a bit stressful at the same time – I’m looking forward to a nice quiet evening tonight: maybe we’ll order pizza and the world will be alright again! Back to painting, I haven’t been … I got about 1 1/2 hours in the other day, but that has been all the action my brushes have seen in about a week. I must say, that that bit of time really brought the playground sandbox into another level. I particularly love how the trees are looking – did you notice them? I thought this particular piece might look flat if I didn’t add “that little extra”, which came in the form of shading, just in certain places. Wow, what a difference. It’s like that little bit of red-orange in the yellow trees was the little pop of colour to make this one stand out. I have yet to finish the black outlining of the swing-set, which I suspect will also help this one out a lot. Also, the colours of the wobbles are really working for me. There was a lot of debate as to what colour the “mom” figure would be. (wobble beside the sandbox) I was very tempted to make her yellow, because then I would have a triangle of yellow, and it just seemed so perfect composition wise. As you can see, I didn’t do that in the end, and I think the call I made of painting her pink also worked out well.
In the meantime, I have a vision for another painting that I am SUPER excited about. I have been looking around for some other art blogs and found one the other day that really inspired me to try mixed media. I am going to attempt a mixed media painting, using black and white, and one other colour, which I think will be red. Curious? I sure am. So, it’s off to the art store to buy some thread and some scrapbooking paper. This idea, whether it works out or not, I think is going to fit the playground theme, but it will be different. I’ll be using a 12 x 12 inch canvas. If it works out, I’m thinking I’ll try more and do a series of “colours”, in a playground theme. I can’t get too ahead of myself though! One at a time 🙂 I do need some ideas of what kids do at the park / playground though, so please put in your two cents! If the “Red” works out, I’ll need a green, yellow, purple, orange, blue for sure. Maybe a pink. Oh, one other question: anyone know what is the best way to “glue” paper to canvas? I was guessing some modge-podge stuff might do the trick. Any suggestions would be really appreciated.