As the title implies, this week will be a two part post. With 2010 coming to a close I guess it is time to take stock of the past year. Along with that, I would like to share the last painting of 2010, which I finished up a day or so before Christmas.
I will be begin with the painting, which, ironically, is titled "Hope for Things to Come". I got the idea for this painting about two months ago when I gave a large painting, Midnight Glory, as a donation for a local charity. It had been hanging in my bedroom for safe keeping and when it was taken down it suddenly left a huge bare wall that needed to be filled. That painting had been a big one, so I really wanted to replace it with something equally big. That was when I got the idea to do a large scale triptych. I got three 40x16 panels and took over my dining room table with them. My family is very patient to put up with paint and wet canvases laying all over the dining room I played around with the background a bit, adding some textured designs to add interest. These can be seen in the close ups below:
The thing I was really excited about was the idea of painting something that left off one canvas and continued on another. I love the look of spring blossoms on a dark, bare branch. This made for the perfect set up for this style of paining.
Once I got the branch on the way I wanted it, I began to lay in the flowers. That is when I got stuck. I was suddenly overwhelmed with the number of flowers. I am used to doing closeup views of one, maybe two flowers - this had over thirty flowers. I let it sit for about a month and a half with just the look of bare branches and ghost - like flowers. I still hung it in my bedroom so I could look at it and figure out what to do next. Needless to say, my husband, at that point, was not quite sure about my vision!
I thought it was fairly appropriate, given the fact that this painting closes out the year for me, and that the subject is a spring flower, to name it "Hope for Things to Come". It is for sale, if anyone is interested. Until then, I will enjoy waking up to it each morning!
Now, onto a quick look back on 2010. Artistically, this has been a great year for growth. I sort of semi committed to painting everyday, even if it meant only for ten minutes. And for the most part, I have stuck with this. My father, who is an artist in Colorado, always has told me that doing this is a must if you want to be a better painter. I have to say that I agree. I feel like I have gotten better, even though there is so much more for me to learn.
One nice thing about painting everyday is that you become a lot more prolific. I was able to complete thirty-eight presentable paintings (we won't mention the ones that ended up in the garbage!) I sold a good amount, donated a few, and got to give a lot away, which is always one of my favorite things to do.
I tried to stretch myself this year by taking on some portraits. I learned a lot doing this - mostly that I have a lot more to learn! But it has been a good kind of challenge for me. I am looking forward to working on some more here soon.
One thing that I really thought about over this last year is not wasting the things that God gives us. Taking the time to really be grateful for things like family and friends, and using the gifts that He gives us, no matter how small, in the way that He intended - for our pleasure, and for His glory. These are the things that I hope to carry into 2011, praying always that I will implement those more and more into my life.
So here is to 2010, looking forward with hope and excitement to 2011.