Paul Foxton has continued to add videos to his blog. I try to paint along with his teaching. I’m having so much fun playing with colors. So I though I’d try to get the color of these little gems close to accurate. I love the way the little snowdrops frame and lead the eye into the painting. This tiny 5×7 study is a treat to remember the earliest beginning of spring.
You can be the judge. Did I hit it??
OK, so I’m not quite as good as the garden variety, but not bad as a painting.
As many of you know, my husband suffers from Alzheimer’s. Actually that form of dementia allows him to be completely unaware of his diminished capacities, I and those who love him are the ones who suffer.
All this year since he has moved from our apartment and into skilled care I have been busily figuring out who I am. I’ve been rediscovering my love of art.
I set up my apartment as a studio. The paintings are just about taking over the space. I’m working on this blog and getting ready to start selling my art.
A day or so I was told that he is moving to the next stage of his disease. That means he’s loosing more of his bodily function. I’m quite saddened.
My painting is taking a rather dark turn. And I’ll likely be taking a break from both the painting and the blogging.
Please leave me comments if you have been through this with any of your loved ones. especially if you have any good thoughts to share.
A year ago I scheduled a respite week for myself, anticipating that I would need a break. All in God’s perfect timing. I will be away for the next 10 days or so.
Hopefully I return energized and to good news on my husband’s condition.
In January I signed up for Kelli Folsom’s monthly subscription program.
This allowed me to paint even more often and to become part of a group of like-minded artists. We prefer to paint realistic still life oil paintings.
Kelli has a well thought out program for encouraging us to paint, to improve, to support each other, and to have FUN while we do it.
Once again I was exploring more and learning more as an artist. What is my vision? What do I really enjoy painting? What do I feel good about? What does my audience like? Does that really matter to me?
In the Fall I ordered the 10 DVD Still Life Course from Daniel Edmondson. He’s another enormously talented and generous teacher. The DVDs may have been recorded quite a while ago, but the instruction and techniques are basically timeless. My paintings got better.