Monday, April 25, 2011

Sometimes it's history...


... in the final minutes, just as the last details are added to the painting is when the decision is made whether it stays, or it goes... under a new coat of paint, that is! Many times, if I can wait a day or two after finishing a new painting, I can be more objectionable. Less cut throat. I finished a new painting yesterday (not the one pictured here), and as of today, I hate it even more than yesterday. Not a good sign. Certainly, it's destined for going under. So sorry. After all that work, and scrutiny. Ah, well, it's just how it is.

The painting pictured here, Let History Matter, is nearly done, so I'm happy enough with it at this point to post it here. I still have to add a few more details once the paint dries a bit more. I am pre-painting a few pieces before the Coronado Historic Home Tour, which takes place on May 8th, Mother's Day. I have been a Plein Air painting artist at this event for the last several years, and it's something I very much enjoy doing. Mostly, I enjoy that it gets me back to oil painting, one of my favorite things to do. It's one of the most challenging art forms I enjoy. I really don't get as much personal satisfaction from finishing anything as much as I do when I feel I've been successful at a painting. One day, I hope I can paint -oil paint, that is- without distraction... I wonder if that's even possible... hummm...

On a side note, Drew is happily ensconced at his new school (thank the Lord!), and he is learning the art of glass blowing! He's made his first two paperweights, and will begin to make blown glass pieces this week. He is such the budding artist, and I am so proud of him :o) He is interested in learning ceramics too, and has asked to take a pottery class with me! All this from a teen boy who couldn't bear to be seen with his mom, much less look at her, two months ago. What a relief. Now, please excuse me while I go set up those pottery classes. Heck, painting full time without distractions will just have to wait a little bit longer!

x, Val

1 comment:

Me and Bis said...

Val, this painting is just beautiful, love the colors. I'm quite sure the other was beautiful as well. Thank you for sharing! Love your blog.