When the world shut down, I was painting interiors. But then, I started thinking about how I don’t have a dog and how much I love dogs. I thought of all the lucky dogs who have their people at home for a little while. I thought of essential workers who have to go into work and how they must feel when they come home to their four legged companions. I thought of dogs getting nice long walks in their neighbourhoods and people having time for them. I thought wouldn’t it be kind of fun to surprise some people I know by posting pictures on social media of their dogs and give them a little joy. Some people even gave me some requests! So with all these thoughts, I painted quite a few dogs for people to enjoy.
Because of the Corona Virus, I decided to paint interiors of my house. I am up to 5 realizing that I actually have more time to paint than ever before. These are watercolours and though I have run out of ultramarine blue I am making do with what I have.
The whole thing is not so hard for me being an artist type and slightly introverted person. I find the time passes quickly anyway because I can always find something to do whether it be cooking, baking, household chores, playing games with the kids, reading, watching shows or painting.
I hope you enjoy this series even though for fun I might paint some dogs. I love them and people have been sharing their furry friends online and I like them. Having a dog right now would be so wonderful. I wish I had one.
I totally hope that I get to blog more often during this time but I do hope life can be back to normal soon. In the meantime I will make the most of it and do the things I love.
I was making turkey soup and to my surprise I ran out of potatoes. I sent my husband, Duncan, to Sobeys to buy a number of items including some Tatamagouche Butter. I was thinking I might want to paint Tatamagouche Butter in watercolour and gouache. I discovered how well these mediums worked well for me while painting our neighbour’s gift of Apple Pie Jam. Unfortunately, and not surprisingly due to Christmas there was no longer any of that brand and he chose some ADL butter instead.
It has been over a year since I had painted a food “product”. But trying things in a new medium can make painting seem like a new experience. I wasn’t expecting my husband to pick up such a beautiful bag of potatoes. The logo looked very retro and I was immediately drawn to painting it instead of the butter.
I did the painting and I shared it on Instagram and to my surprise it has had 63 likes since I posted it. I have not had that many likes in over a year, I think. I normally don’t make such a big deal about the amount of likes, but this time I was regularly updating Duncan on how many and joked that my goal was to reach 50!
Anyhow, I am pleased with the result and I hope to make more of these in the new year! But today I might paint the raspberry pudding pie I made for dessert yesterday.
I my teens I mostly painted in watercolour and I dabbled with other mediums. I stopped using it in my early twenties when I was taught to paint in oils in art school. I loved oil paint because it was smooth to work with and I was completely obssessed with self-portraiture from the mirror. The challenge to get my skin tone colours just right is a continuous challenge for me. It is especially difficult to capture the essence of myself and a good enough likeness simultaneously.
Fast forward to early motherhood. I find in myself with a strong desire to draw and to possibly illustrate books; illustrations went well but the story just did not happen alongside. I was using gouache and they were little illustrations of my my best friend and me. Here I was again dabbling with self-portraits!
Time went on as it does and I joined some figure drawing sessions which were really helpful. I eventually received an easel as a Christmas gift from my husband. It did not take long before I started to use acrylic paints. It is an accessible medium for a mom and I guess you could say I have been painting with it for 8 years….until now.
Recently I have been toying around with the idea of switching mediums. I was thinking about egg tempera, oil painting, gouache but it never occurred to me to try using my little watercolour set to paint in the themes I had grown accustomed to exploring.
I had painted one “Mint Chocolate Chip Cone” in acrylics with the intention of producing a series. If I had to go purchase 8 panels and get them ready, it would have been too long to wait. I had the desire to produce the series of cones right away! If I had to wait, I probably would have changed my mind!!! My watercolour set and paper saved the day! It has been the closest I have come to producing a painting a day.
What I hadn’t expected was the sheer joy it was to use watercolour again. The colours are fresh-looking, they pool and accidentally blend. The layers of washes stop me from being too fussy and I find myself embracing the limitations of the medium. Aside from the colour and subject matter they look nothing like my acrylic work. I wonder how this will affect my upcoming acrylic painting? It will be a very large painting of a gown.