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


9 comments:

  1. I love painting abstracts too, and your painting turned out great! The colors are so soothing and peaceful.
    Good job, girl!

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    1. Thank you! I can't wait to do another one!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  2. I love it! You did a wonderful job. I have seascapes in my bedroom and often wish they were the view out my windows.

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    1. Thank you! Wouldn't that be great if that was the view out our windows!!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  3. Wonderful! I have a painting above my mantle that a friend did of the Gay Head/Aquinnah cliffs and lighthouse (Jaws) on Martha's Vineyard.

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    1. Oh wow! I bet that's really neat!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  4. I love this painting, and your mantel is not too bad either! You should be proud of this work. I like to dabble, but I have never quite gotten the hang of painting in this style. So I really appreciate it when I see something that someone else has done that looks good to me.

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    1. Thank you for the wonderful compliment! It does take a little while to get the feel of the palette knife as opposed to a brush, but the more I do it the better it feels.

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  5. This blog always comes up with creative,fun and artsy goods and designs! the abstract crosses they come up with were mesmerizing and so very different from the norm!

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