Of Painting, Sewing, and Grandbabies

Summer Night Dream
Watercolor on Masa Paper, 7.75×5.25″


I had a very good afternoon painting from the model last Sunday. This is the final watercolor of the day. It is rare that I am satisfied with all the pieces that come out of such sessions. The other pieces from the day will be posted later in the week. 
The background is a total invention. The cushions are a partial invention as I changed the colors and made additions to some patterns. The model has been painted as closely to my observation as I possibly could. That’s as ‘truthful’ as this ‘image-lie’ is going to get.
This is an unusually long period between posts for me. I have been obsessed anticipating the birth of my first grandchild. I am crazed with excitement! I have been sewing baby things. I have been making overalls with zipper crotches for easy diaper changing and reversible jackets with hoods. I am drawing from previous experiences sewing for my kids when they were little. I am reliving all the fun I had making their clothing. 
Before I went back to painting, sewing was my creative outlet. I have always had a lot of creative energy that I had to express somehow. It was just too difficult for me to paint with materials that were potentially toxic in a small space with tiny children. Once they were older I was able to shift my energies to painting. Now I can do both!

November 7, 2013