So y'all know I paint furniture and do other crafty things, but few of you know that my first love is painting on canvas. I only began painting about four years ago and with the exception of several workshops and a few classes at our local art center I am pretty much self-taught. I had always wanted to paint, but because I am so anal I would never allow myself because I knew I would never be happy with what came out on the canvas, I knew I would never be able to get it to look like what was in my head and that it would drive me crazy. Then one day a friend called me and said she and a group of her friends had been taking a workshop from a local artist in town and asked me to join them. I was hesitant at first because I knew I'd probably drive myself crazy, but then decided to just go with a good attitude and just have fun. Well, I had fun alright. I cannot tell you what it felt like, like it was something I was always supposed to do. I was so excited that when I got home I cried while telling my husband about it! And that's how it started and I've been painting ever since! I do have my funny little rules tho, like you'll notice I mainly paint abstracts or in a whimsical nature. I will NEVER allow myself to paint something that is supposed to look realistic. I.would.drive.myself.bonkers! No.lie!
Because of my limited experience and lack of formal training I do struggle quite a bit getting what I want on the canvas, but I persevere, sometimes repainting a canvas numerous times. But when it's right and its flowing there is no better feeling! That's how it was with this painting. It just happened. Originally I was painting a corn field. Yep, you read that right, a corn field. But this is what came out:
Nope, that's not a corn field. Apparently God had something else in mind because this is what he guided my hands to do.
It isn't often I am totally and completely happy with a painting. There is always some little something I wish I had done differently.
But this one, well, I'm pretty happy with it.
So happy, that when I was done, I cried.
I hope you like it too! I have named it "Watching" because I feel like they are watching over me.
Best wishes for a new year filled with blessings and lots of angels watching over you!