I thought I would share some of them with you.
These three were all done with acrylic paints.
The first one is my attempt at impressionism. The second one is a fun Autumn tree and a lot of playing around with colors. What I find most interesting about these is that I did not like them when I first made them. I did not like them even a little tiny bit. I was tempted to paint right over them, but as a few days went by they began to grow on me and now I actually really like them. I might even hang them on my wall.
I think I am like that with myself a lot as well. What I originally see in myself as sub par and ugly can change into something worthwhile and charming, it just takes time to allow myself to get there. Once I can let go of the pre-conceived vision of what I had wanted it (it being the painting, my life, myself, etc. ) to be I can accept the beauty in the reality of what it is.
The third was a request by a friend. It is a portrait of her daughter. I still have a lot to learn on shading and depth. Her mouth is my favorite part. She is a beautiful little girl and I hope I have done her justice.
As I was getting my creative spark back I bought a set of 36 water color pencils at AC Moore's. Can I tell you how much I love these things?! They are awesome! For Christmas I am already eyeing a set of over 100 colors on Amazon.
A couple of days later I was drawing this little turtle to kill time while I waited for my daughter at her roller skating lessons. A little girl saw it and asked me if she could buy it from me when I was done for $4. Her friend that was with her also wanted a painting. I told them I would just give them to them of course and asked her friend what she would like. She wanted a cat.
One day when I was at Home Goods they had this giant cow painting. I took a picture of it to show my friend. When I came home I attempted to somewhat copy it just for fun. My youngest wanted to keep it, he is the one in the picture. He is 5, that explains the tongue.
When my youngest daughter heard that the two girls at skating lessons were getting pictures she wanted one too. She is in love with mermaids. The submarine in the water is in honor of her Dad.
And of course when I made one for my youngest daughter then my oldest daughter also wanted one. This fairy is for her. Both of these have been framed and are waiting to be hung on the wall in the hallway. My middle daughter also wants a picture, but when I ask her what she wants she tells me she wants an evil unicorn. I won't draw an evil unicorn and she does not want a regular unicorn, because "the Bible says they are evil." (????? Your guess is as good as mine here.) So, currently we are at an impasse.
When I bought the frames for the girl's pictures at Home Goods I saw a painting of a woman walking down the street in Paris. I wanted to make one similar only with Seattle in it, because well, SEATTLE! (I am just a tad homesick right now.) The one on the left was my first attempt, the one on the right my second.
I am reminded of this quote below and will leave you with these thoughts, what is it you are afraid to unveil in your life?