63 Breakfast After Dark
6" x 6" original acrylic painting on paper - $60
I ended up hauling all of my painting supplies needed for this, including my portable tabletop easel up to the dining room for this one. I didn't have time to paint earlier in the day so this was painted in highly questionable lighting at my dining room table. The reflections on the spoon didn't quite work out as I intended and I ended up overworking things in that area but I do LOVE the colors and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to snack on Ruby Red grapefruit halves for a few days after this was completed. I had two grapefruits out, as I was playing around with various compositions. Only one half had it's day in the spotlight; the others rest happily in my belly.
I'm slowly feeling back to normal. I credit that to two restorative yoga sessions, more breaks in my day, and taking two things off of my to do list that really don't to be need to be completed today. My floors aren't going anywhere and I can mop them later today or tomorrow as my energy returns.
I completed my first painting from the Dream Love Paint class that I'm taking and I can't wait to show it to you. I think I may even do another version of the demo this week just to get more practice with oil paints. The vibrancy of colors and how Dreama uses the transparents and opaques is so JUICY and FUN. You can't help but paint with a smile on your face! Her class is giving me confirmation of what I've known all along but that only last year I gave myself permission to do... honoring the time and space for stillness each day and making a practice of gathering words that inspire and uplift. It's how I was able to realize my longing to create. It helped me slow down and realize what was important and made room for art in my life. I've been collecting quotes and passages to which I find connection in a digital Evernote file but the words usually just sit there in that file almost as if locked away. This class has encouraged me to revisit and continue to grow and cultivate my quote collection and allow the words to enrich my days by visiting with them often. Today, I'm going to read one of the quotes and give myself a few minutes to really ponder it and allow it to sink down deep.