Heather gifted me with some of her home made vanilla and oranges from her trees, and they were both so pretty and happy making this morning I couldn't resist snapping some pics. I felt a new appreciation for digital photography, the permission slip that goes along with it to take pictures of anything that strikes your fancy, nothing wasted (like money) if it doesn't turn out. I like taking photos of everyday ordinary things in my life and love having this space here on the blog to post them. (And as always, appreciate your stopping by so I have someone to share with!)
The boys went to baseball early this morning, so I got to putter around in silence, doing dishes, laundry, picking up and vacuuming. A nice re-grouping for the start of the weekend. I'm going to try to paint the oranges above in oil paints this week. Something similar to the radishes I painted while learning in class with Leslie Duke:
The key word is try. I learned only too well this past week how rusty one can get if they don't practice an art regularly. I mentioned last post I had some time to paint on the previously started abstract acrylics...oh boy....let's just say, it was a rocky readjustment.
Yikes! I was frustrated because I had let so much time slip by and felt awkward and uncomfortable doing what came so naturally just a few months ago. It's all part of the process and the wonderful thing about painting is there is always the ability to improve with the next layer, but exploring when out of shape is not as fun as when tuned up of course.
None the less, even when practicing an instrument that's out of tune, discoveries can be made, some pleasing notes produced, and good lessons learned.
The progress on the painted tote excited me the most...I plan to sell a small series of these painted totes in the future, but if you want to paint your own, I bought the craft paper totes at Aaron Bros for $29.99 each...don't know if they carry them anymore or not.
Thanks to the Santa Ana winds blowing here, it's a lovely, sunny day, which is perfect light for mixing up some paint colors and getting back to practice!
Hope you have a great weekend whatever you find yourself up to!