Sunday, April 5, 2009
Polka Dot Rain Boots
OK...crazy month! I have been in renovate, clean up and organize mode since January and getting weary of it. I tend to work past my limits. When I do that my body fights me...I get sick..."the bug everyone has had" , my muscles get tired, I get clumsy and I do things like trip and put my hand through the metal front of our old pie safe (yes, I did this) ....yikes! Very lucky..no cuts! However did receive a mild but very annoying sprained right wrist.
So not much creativity going on in March...just putting finishing touches on projects I've started but had left 90% complete. But I took a week away from our renovations to rest up a bit and voile I now have some creative energy again! Lesson? It's all about balance in every area of my life. A lesson I intend to take seriously. I need art as much as a finished house!
So when I saw the challenge on Saturday Surprise I thought it was perfect. The prompt was childhood and I had been working on a painting of polka dot rain boots which make me think of summer days when my mom would let us go outside and play in the afternoon rain showers we seemed to have every day in Florida.....what a great mom! We had to be so messy when we came back in!
I started this painting when I got my new Webster's papers. Love the leafy scroll paper and the subtle yellow flower in the corner and wanted to paint right on top of the paper. Definitely needed some gesso for that. I broke out my new red Claudine Hellmuth paint (gorgeous red by the way) and last night I just put a soft wash of Golden's Nickel Azo over it. Tah dah!