I’m late I’m late I know!  I didn’t finish the painting by the end of the school day, so I had to finish after the kids were in bed.

 I picked lemons as a theme this week and while looking around creating a composition, I thought it might be fun to take a few steps back and incorporate a little more into the background.

 I took a quilt, some pillows, a favorite chair and of course lemons and created a contour drawing.  Contour drawings give you a semblance of the objects, but they are a little more quirky than trying to get every line and ellipse exact.  I’m not a perfectionist in the rest of my life, so I think this style suits me.

Next was the fun part.  As the artist, I don’t have to paint what I see, I can pretty much do what ever I want. So I changed all the colors of the objects from real life.  The basket is really green.  I made it black.  The front pillow is mustard and black, I made it red and the quilt is actually a rainbow patchwork in real life, I made it a little more monochromatic.  I would have loved to paint a different fabric for every patch of the quilt, but seeing as how I ran out of time before even attempting to do so, I had to let go of that pipe dream!

So there was only one dilemma.

I photographed the painting earlier in the day before I had painted the quilt dark brown.  When I look at it now I wonder if I should have kept it white?  It’s a little more light and airy.


Of course there is nothing I can do about it now, but I guess I can learn for next time.

Hey public what do you think?  You forget I’m alone all day and don’t have anyone to bounce this stuff off of or to get feedback from!

Ahh, There’s just so much to learn…so little time…well I have 365 days of time…or a lifetime if I put it in greater context….but for a daily challenge where one part of the day is set aside for painting and the rest for my kids, time does seem to run out pretty darn quick.

I just have to keep remembering, I’m strengthening my art muscles…I’m strengthening my art muscles…Keep going…if you do, just imagine what Day 150 will bring…..imagine what I will know by Day 225….How will I feel on Day 365?

I don’t know all the answers, so I better keep plugging along so I can find out!


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