Don’t forget to wear green today! I know, if I wanted to impact what you were wearing today I should have posted this blog a wee bit earlier, right? I am so excited it’s St. Patrick’s Day even though I don’t have anything planned. I am going to sneak some green food dye into a few food items to surprise Tiny-Small. Hopefully she won’t be so surprised she refuses to eat any of it. I guess that’s a risk I am willing to take today, the day of green!
It’s the last day of my Landscape challenge. This is day 15. I am happy because I want to get back to painting some flowers for Spring. I have a box of tiles calling to me…paint me! PAINT ME!
I am also working on a few portraits and my gratitude boxes. I’ve been trying to put more merchandise in my Etsy shop, but that has been going much slower than I planned. For some reason I am not very good at carving out time to add things to my Etsy shop. I don’t like having to answer so many questions before I can list an item. It’s very time-consuming. I’ve been seeking advice for how to list things more efficiently and so far people have told me to use the phone app. Do you have any Etsy listing tips you’d like to share? I’d be grateful for any insights you might have.
Watch out for leprechaun’s today! Watch out for drunk drivers too. Does that make me sound old? Probably, but I don’t care. Stay safe! I’m a mother now so I can say things like that.
P.S. I wrote about my stubborn, funny, looking-for-a-fight Irish family last year if your curious and if you want to see me and my dog wearing an Irish Princess crown: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Melissa’s Rainbow is a painting I was going to save for St. Patrick’s Day, but then I just couldn’t wait six more days. I know, that is a really bad sign for my ability to delay gratification. I fear I would have been one of those kids that ate the marshmallow in the marshmallow study. Actually, as a kid, I probably was able to delay gratification for much longer. As an adult, I know life is short. So, I am eating the marshmallow when I have the chance! Besides, I just love this painting too much to wait six more days. It’s not too often that I get to paint a rainbow. I’m all about rainbows. Especially when your best friend from high school lends you a rainbow photo to paint. I mean, that’s just cool all the way around, right?
Melissa lives on a lake and she took this photo out of her bathroom window. I think the photo is pretty cool. I tried my best to interpret it in paint. I omitted a few things, like the houses on the other side. I wasn’t in the mood to fuss over angles and plus, I really wanted the clouds to get all of the attention. I hope Melissa likes it as much as I do. She was kind enough to lend me a few photos of her lake after I whined all over Facebook about not having any good landscape reference photos. I was so grateful to have something different to paint. I think I am a little tired of painting so many brown mountains. The desert has it’s own beauty, but sometimes I miss real trees. Most of my trees are really just bushes sculpted to look like trees. Let’s face it, I miss New England. I’ve grown to love New Mexico, but I’ll always be a New England gal at heart.
Melissa’s Rainbow was painted using watercolors on Arches Aquarelle Watercolor Paper.
It’s a fairy large painting (18×24) and I did a lot of wet into wet work with the sky. The lake water has a slight texture because I used saran wrap on it before it dried. It’s pretty subtle though because I used gray on top of gray and plus I painted over quite a bit of it. Besides, it’s more about the clouds and the rainbow. Maybe I should call this a skyscape instead?