This is where I begin most times – in my sketchbook with an idea, some scribbles, some words and then some markers to pull my thoughts together. This was a quick “self portrait” of me holding on to a heart and thinking about my son growing up and eventually heading off to college. No one ever can tell you how fast the time goes. Even when they do – you don’t believe them because you have all the time in the world. Not all of my sketches become a piece of art but occasionally I hit on an idea that I want to try to explore and this was one of them.
This is an up close view of “me” holding on to love. It is larger than I usually paint. I tend to work smaller but I thought this was worth exploring “BIG” because let’s face it – the feelings are HUGE for me. I discovered that I like playing big and could really get into the subject matter with a lot more of me attached to it.
I was working outside on this painting and had it hung on my garden fence along with another painting I was finishing. It was great to take it out of the studio to get a different view, a different perspective on it. She is back inside the studio right now looking over me as I work and work things out. She might need to be hung pride of place somewhere … it might just get me through upcoming senior year.
I like my little outdoor gallery … perhaps I will have to show more artwork here in the garden …
“holding on to love”: portrait; acrylic on canvas 20 x 40
(19 of 50 / 50:fifty project)
more to come~