April 29

In My Studio – April 29

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Here’s what’s been going on in my studio…

This Week’s Inspiration

In 2013, I’m doing Inspiration Mondays and Results Thursdays. Every Monday, I’ll post a painting “inspiration” and then on Thursdays, I’ll post how I’m interpreting that inspiration.

Last week’s (and this week’s) inspiration comes from Kirsten of Peaceful dog…SEASHELLS. I’m going to take two weeks working on this painting because I’m using a larger canvas than I’m typically use to. This canvas is 16″ x 20″.

Seashell Girl Background

I started with the background and this week, I’ll add a little girl.

Speaking of painting girls…Sue, of Graceful Greyhounds, asked, “Do you always do a girl/lady, or do you do other things?” I thought that was a great question. Right now, I am focusing on painting girls. The reason is twofold.

First, I love to paint them. I’ve heard writers describe that at a certain point when writing characters, the characters start to form themselves and often take the story in a direction quite unexpected by the author. My girls feels like that when I paint them. I have a vague idea of what a particular girl might look like, but once I start painting, they start to form themselves. It feels magical to me. My hope is when I start to sell my paintings, a customer will look at these little girls and connect with a particular painting because the girl’s “spirit” resonates with their spirit. Of course, my customer may just like a painting because it would look good in a space on their wall (ha) and that’s “okay” too.

Second, I’m trying to focus on developing my “style,” and the best way I can think to do that is to paint the same thing over and over and over again. In the future, I do think I’ll expand my repertoire to include more animals.

Thank you, Sue, for a great question.

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