I would like to share today the first mixed media canvas I did when I rediscovered my love of painting. It was a small 5x7 panel that I made for my littlest sister's birthday. I got into scrapbooking a few years back, and I kept thinking, why can't I put this stuff on a canvas, wouldn't that be so cool! And so one day I decided to do some internet searching and discovered I wasn't the only one thinking like this and that's what gave me the courage to start doing it myself! My sister had this thing for zebra stripes and she had some zebra and other animal prints in her bedroom so I made this with that in mind, but I wanted it to be a little more funkier. Like zebra stripes meets Andy Warholish kind of thing, if that makes any sense to you. I drew a zebra pattern in pencil, then measured off and drew 4 equal grids on the panel. Then came the fun part, PAINTING! I was so happy, full of joy, it was the first time I had picked up a paintbrush in YEARS! It felt amazing. Here is how it looked after all the painting, and before a coat of varnish.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Been awhile since I have been able to post anything. August was such a crazy month. Three lovely weddings to attend, and then a funeral. We suddenly lost a family member. It's 2 weeks today that she took her own life. I never would have thought her suicidal. She had such a beautiful smile, and always laughing at our family get togethers. You never know what is going in peoples lives and what they are thinking, what they are going through unless they let you in. Unfortunately, she did not let a lot of people in. It's still hard, I have trouble wrapping my head around the fact that I will never see her again. It's not at all like it was when Dad passed from cancer a few years ago. At least then, we were aware of what was happening, aware that he had little time, and were able to say our goodbyes. When someone is taken out of your life suddenly and violently, there is a hole. A huge hole, and it's hard to cover that up. Life feels surreal. It's hard to not think "if only I had known a little bit more..." then maybe we could have helped her. Life keeps on going by, one day at a time.