Before I get into this week’s painting, I wanted to let you all know that after a lot of encouragement (thank you!), I have started selling fine art giclee prints of my weekly paintings, starting with last week’s Night Fishing. The prints will be available for purchase in my Etsy shop within a week after the painting debuts (now!) in 4 different frame-friendly sizes.
Just as I started painting this week, my easel broke. I couldn’t believe it. I hoped it wasn’t an omen of how the painting would come to life…or not. I tried to make-shift one by propping my canvas up on a couple bowls leaning on a chair and I found myself still having to hold the canvas with one hand while attempting to paint. It was comical, yes, but also so frustrating. And then I ran out of white paint and I threw my hands up in the air and called it quits for the day.
Periodically throughout the painting process, I frequently snap photos of my canvas to review. Sometimes I can see something good (or an area that isn’t working) more clearly in photos. Is that weird? Occasionally, when I am feeling close to finished, I’ll send the photo to Chris for critique. Being used to my peers critiquing my work in college, he’s way too nice, but he can always sense if I’m not 100% happy with it. And if I’m not, he encourages me, “you’re not done if you aren’t happy with it.” I wasn’t done with this week’s for a long time–a lot longer than the other two I’ve done this year. But I’m so glad I kept going and pushing it.
The outcome, to me, is so garden-esque (feel free to interpret it for yourself) and has me longing for Spring. It especially reminded me of tall, beautiful Larkspurs. A whole field of them, please.
Update: The original painting has sold, but to purchase high-quality giclee prints (4 different sizes available) click here.
To see the other weekly paintings, click here. As a reminder, I will be producing one painting a week and presenting that painting here on Fridays. It will also be available for purchase in my Etsy shop. We schedule our posts to go live first thing in the morning here, but the paintings will mostly be listed late Thursday nights, so to get a first look (or dibs!) at each painting, it wouldn’t be a horrible idea to add the shop to your favorites on Etsy.