Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Seascape for the Mantle

Hello Groovy People!!  Did you ever think I was coming back to visit?!  Ha! Sometimes I wonder myself if I'm ever gonna make it back.  Well, I'll be honest, I got a little snowed under there for a while, but I'm beginning to dig myself out of the hole.  We are still working on the house, but I don't have one completed room to show ya.  Sorry.  I've been trading out services with friends who do things I don't do, like sew!  I've told y'all in the past why I don't sew, and for those who missed my tale, well it's all my mamma's fault!  She used to work in a sewing room and when I was growing up she would tell me these stories of how she would be sewing so fast she'd sew right over her fingers.  Hmmmmm...  and she wonders why I never would learn to sew...  When my friends find time to finish my projects I'll have more to show ya, but til then I thought I'd share this painting I did to go over my fireplace.  (BTW, remember how I expanded my mantle so I'd have room to put mo' stuff up there?!  Well, guess what?  Now I like it all clean and simple, who would've thunk it?!  But don't tell hubby he did all that work for nothing, I'm sure come Christmas I'll be junkin' it up - ha!)  So when we got finished with the mantle and the fireplace I put my picket fence gate up there and you won't believe it, you just won't, I'm tellin' ya you just won't, but here ya go - I DIDN'T LIKE IT! Nope, I sure didn't.  I never would have thought I'd not like my pretty little gate that my husband spent more than a hour in the hot blazin' sun to get it off the pole so we could take it home.  No, it just didn't go with the new scheme of things.  I really wanted something a little more contemporary up there so I did this really large seascape.  I wanted something calming and relaxing.  My most favorite place on earth is the beach so I imagine myself sitting in my chair at the beach watching the gulf...



I've been studying abstracts and seascapes quite a bit lately.  It's funny how your tastes change.  I never really cared for abstracts before and now its my favorite thing to paint.  Here are some close ups.  Its really hard to capture all the layers in a photograph. (Perhaps if I were a better photographer, but that's another thing I've not taken the time to learn.  If there were just more hours in the day and if I didn't require that nasty stuff called sleep...)









and, finally, here it is on my mantle which is still a work in progress.  While I am into a more minimalistic look right now I do plan to add a little somethin' somethin'.  Not sure what yet, but I'll know it when I see it.


It's rare for me to love something I did, I have this nasty habit of picking it apart and wishing I had done something different, but I pretty much love this painting.  


It.makes.me.happy


Hope whatever is hanging out on your mantle makes you happy too.  Life is too short, put things up there that make you smile!

Peace-n-Luv!

Debbie