I'm pretty happy with myself in the fact that during this busy time of year I have not used that as an excuse not to paint. I am still going forward and working toward becoming a better oil painter. During this last week ... well, since I completed the red ornament painting, I now have another finished oil to add to the first.
Reflections of Silver ~ 5" x 7" ~ oil
After I completed the red ornament painting I thought I should start another one right away so that what new skills I had used wouldn't be forgotten. Again, I'm happy with what I've produced. Although the painting I did with the red was nice, I think I'm liking this one better. Maybe its the warm browns and blue combination. Then again maybe its because I had so much fun seeing shapes and painting what I saw.
I think I may try one more holiday painting before the end of the year ..... but not until after some gifts are wrapped.
On another note, one of the blogs I frequent is by a wonderful Oregon artist named Marla Baggetta, her work is beautiful and I love the way she writes. In this post I really felt she was talking to me ....
Being Kind to Yourself
We beat ourselves up most of the time. If only we viewed ourselves like we view our own friends, we'd be better off. Quieting our voice of judgment and giving ourselves credit for what is working in our work and building on that. We are quick to find what is "wrong" and then discount the whole. We are fast at niggling away at those areas in our work and in life that aren't perfect. Well, perfection is a state of balance that to me, simply does not exist... Be nice to yourself, be slow to find error and quick to find the good. Be as patient with yourself as you would be to a good friend. You are your own best friend. Then, remember to paint, paint some more and then after that, paint!!!
Do you think she was singling me out?