Well, I made it through the entire challenge. I am off to clean my house. Back to reality! At least I have this island paradise painting to remind me that warm, vacation spots exist. I’m going to pretend I am there sipping umbrella drinks while I fold laundry today.
I was folding some laundry last night and found Christmas socks at the bottom of the basket. Now you know how long it has been since I managed to get everything folded and put away!
This is my third time doing the 30 in 30 painting challenge. I think it was easier this time than it has been in the past, but also maybe a little less exciting. I’m not sure why. I’m still thinking about that. I think I enjoyed not having a theme. I liked the freedom to switch gears. I like more pieces than I usually do at the end of the challenge too. Maybe that is because I wasn’t trying to force myself to paint something I’d lost interest in. That may have also diminished the pressure, but also the excitement. I’ll have to think about that for a while.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my paintings. Thank you for following along!
I’ve painted this kitten before in watercolor. I wanted to try painting it in alcohol inks. My mom had this kitty years ago. On day, when this kitten was older, she snuck out of the house and was eaten by a coyote in the back yard. My mom was heart-broken. She loved this cat. It was awful to find her half eaten in the yard. I felt so bad for my mom. That’s why I like to paint her picture once in a while.
I was surprised she was killed because she was a really fierce cat. Her name was Bebé which was way too sweet a name for this ferocious beast. As a kitten she would attack me constantly. She’d pounce on me from all directions, bite my fingers, and do that crazy thing cats do where they roll on their back and bite and scratch you like they have been possessed by the devil. She was cute, but after a while I didn’t want to sit on the couch when I visited my mom! Maybe she thought she was tougher than she really was. After all, I was easy prey.
It can be a real challenge to keep your pets safe in the Southwest. We have had encounters with rattle snakes. We’ve had coyotes lurking outside our fence and bear poop has been spotted on the other side of our gate too. Not to mention the cactus, which can cause serious injury to cats and dogs if they aren’t aware of it. I’ve spent hours pulling needles out of my dogs face.
This place is not for the faint of heart. Even your pets have to be tough guys and smart to make it. We have a cat that adopted us when we moved in. He’s an outside cat. He knows every place in the yard where he can hide from a predator or climb to safety. Our other cat, that came with me from Connecticut, I would never let outside. She’d probably be eaten by something in the first 24 hours. She might be street savvy, but she is not desert savvy! I hope she never sneaks out like Bebé.
I’m feeling all a glow today. I think that’s being reflected in my tree painting. I really love the way the alcohol inks look in this painting. It feels lit from within. I don’t, however, love the composition. My eyes want to see the top of the tree and having it sliced in half like it is feels a little frustrating.
Some paintings are paintings you want to stand proudly next to and some paintings are a learning experience. This one was the latter. I love the colors and the movement, but I think it would have been much more successful if I had spent more time thinking about the composition.
When you paint every day, you aren’t always going to create a masterpiece! That’s OK. Sometimes we have days where the goal is to develop a new skill or gain a new perspective. Don’t get discouraged if you go through periods of creating that seem to be more about learning skills than creating masterpieces. This is all part of the process and part of the big picture.
Now that I have reached day 20 of the challenge I am starting to feel fatigued. This usually happens at some point in the middle. By day 20 the late nights or early mornings start to catch up with you. The house is getting more cluttered and messy than usual. Your family wants your attention and there are usually a few kinks in your schedule that have set you back. Yesterday we went to El Paso to do some shopping and spent almost the entire day there. We got home after midnight last night! We’re all a little more tired than usual today. A day away from home is always fun, but it also puts me behind on all of things I need to do. Right now I have a pile of dishes to wash, a few loads of laundry to fold, and heart jewelry I desparatly need to make before February! I’m starting to feel some time pressure that will likely escalate between now and the end of the month. It’s never easy to get this whole life balance thing right, is it?
The good thing is these are easy problems to have. I mean, I can’t really complain that I have too much art to make, or too many dishes to wash, or too many people to love. I’m pretty fortunate. I do, however, sometimes wish there were more hours in a day! I could use just a few extra hours to get more things done.