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