and a new one just begun


happy new year 2013

I was going to let you imagine that this is the start of my year, all sunshine and walks along the beach but to tell the truth it is raining and grey outside and in a couple of hours I am back to work.

It has been a typical start to another year.  Still clearing the leftovers from the fridge and trying to ration the mountain of chocolate that we were gifted with so as to not feel completely like gluttons.

Work has been fit around public holidays and public holidays have both been productive and lazy.

And surprise surprise, there is blue paint all over the keyboard of my laptop.

I decided to start 2014 with a clean out of the girl cave or studio as I am bravely starting to refer to it (despite still feeling that it is a little pretentious)

Paintings have been hung, others given away and some have been consigned to the “rebirthing” pile.

My inspiration board is now over my desk so most importantly, my fireman calendar is just where I can see it.

And I have started a painting.

This painting has not gone in the direction I had planned.

I wanted to paint a shell, closeup on a beach.

I drew the shell.  A couple of times until I was happy with the general shape and flow.

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I recycled a canvas (bye bye awful apples in bowl with weird teatowel) and started painting what I hoped would be a simple background

Which became a painting on it’s own

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And now the shell idea wont work

(I know, I tried and I hated it)

The sandhills are being shaped and I am putting into practice the lessons of light and shadow.

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It still isn’t finished.  I am not sure where it is going still.  Stuff needs to be fixed….

But I am enjoying the process.  I am making it up as I go along.  My memories of wind swept, desolate, wild and empty beaches my reference.

Working without a photograph is something I haven’t done in a long time.

There are moments of panic, of wanting to just start over, but as I play with colour and light, I continue to learn what works, and what doesn’t.

And it is fun.

So my new year has begun.  With blue hands and a tidy desk.

No resolutions.

Simply take each day as it comes with a smile.

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32 thoughts on “and a new one just begun”

  1. That sneaky background took over, didn’t it? I find paintings often end up a long way from how I imagined them, even when I’ve done a detailed sketch and enlarged it faithfully, the play of colors and light & shade can reveal a whole new look that I didn’t expect. Blue hands sounds a great way to start the new year!

    1. It sure did and although I have made some more progress on it now, I am really unsure where it wants to go from here. More glaring at it required perhaps

  2. Far be it from me to interject into your design, but knowing that you lost the original purpose of the shell to the desolate beach: How about an old, broken signpost in the side foreground, with the shell hung upon it by some long-ago visitor? Feel free to throw poo at me.

  3. Our New Year kicked off with a nice warm day not too hot at all but it didn’t last as it is only the 2nd and it is again so hot one feels like they will melt if the venture outside. I of course have both my granddaughters while their mum is at work and have all three a/c going but still it feels bloody hot in the lounge room (no a/c in this room)

  4. “Fun” is a good way to start the new year. :-) Good luck with your newest painting!

    *formerly known as ‘the cat and the coffee cup’

  5. You cleaned the girl cave and I cleaned house real well. Figured I’d try to start the new year somewhat cleaner than usual. lol I could get lost in your beach painting. I long for a visit to the beach.

  6. You started the year making art, I’d say that’s a successful beginning to 2014. I’m guessing blue paint doesn’t easily wash off the hands. Happy New Year to you.

  7. Who needs resolutions when you’ve already got art? Your track record from last year speaks for itself and shows you’re definitely not going to slack, so cheers to another year full of great, prosperous creations!

  8. Sounds like a good plan. I quite like where this painting is going. Looking forward to seeing the progression.

    Keep doing what makes you feel good.

    And to quote Elf “I love smiling. Smiling is my favorite”

    Must catch up soon. It’s been months beautiful woman.

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