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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Embracing Texas

I never thought I'd paint a Texas-themed painting; you know, bluebonnets, cowboys, etc. It's not that I don't like those types of paintings, I do. They just weren't for me. Too expected of a Texas artist, I guess.  But guess, what? I'm starting a bluebonnet picture...sort of.

You see, I love Cicely Mary Barker's "Flower Fairies"; their sweetness and innocence, the beautiful rending of the flowers. I wanted to try my hand at painting one. What should it look like? What flower should I use? Well, it had to be  Texan with a Texas flower, right? And what better flower than the Texas Bluebonnet? So, I started gathering pictures of my kids in the bluebonnets ( wow, I didn't realize I had so few ), fields of bluebonnets, close up shots of bluebonnets. Started sketching. What kind of outfit should this fairy be wearing? Prairie-style dress with a bonnet? Cowboy wear with boots? I settled on the prairie-style dress. I don't like it too much. Now I'm sketching one with a dress made from a bluebonnet petal. Guess I'll see how that one turns out.

After that one, I plan on doing children with cowboy boots, riding ponies, etc...you know, Texas style. I'm embracing Texas after all.

Monday, June 20, 2011

New to me

This is my very first attempt at blogging and what better to blog about than my art and the process of creating a painting? I'm not much of a writer but I wanted to share what goes on when I paint a picture.
So, enjoy the ride!

Each painting starts with an idea. Sometimes it is vague and needs to roll around in my brain awhile, sometimes someone asks me to paint a certain picture for them, like my husband's request for a picture of "6th Street Beats Wall Street"( I'll tell more about that another time), and sometimes, it is something that just pops into my head and needs to be expressed. The painting I just finished was one of those that popped into my head and needed to roll around awhile but now it's done and I'm onto a new venture - one I'm calling "Embracing Texas".

All I can say is this Texas girl has finally given in!