Ahhh, first, let me explain that I cannot for the life of me remember where I last left off! This first painting was done a couple of years ago and spent the last month in my local gallery's spring art show. It's a personal favorite that I've titled "Abide".
Now for the meat: I spent this winter in and out of the hospital for various surgeries and trying to get a diagnosis for some serious illnesses. The short and sweet of it all goes something like this: I had three surgeries, went 43 days without eating or drinking anything, and only remember a few hours from an about 12 week period. Miraculous, yes, absolutely. Completely physically and emotionally draining, YES!!! As my body began to heal and I was able to tolerate foods and do more than sleep, I started to get a *bit* down (definitely an understatement:)). After some thought, I picked up my brushes and broke out the paints; it had been about three years since I had worked on anything of this nature. I was drawn to a childrens' book called, "Sleep Like A Tiger" with illustrations by Pamela Zagarenski. This was a daunting piece given its complexities and the fact that it had been so long since I had painted. I should explain that in the past I have been know to paint with a manic fury:) I would start and finish a piece in one sitting. Often that meant the "chair of neglect":) (it's really just the highchair with lots of Ritz crackers:)) for the youngest child, and cereal for dinner and an over-all atmosphere of "fend for yourself!" If I felt like painting at night, then I wouldn't sleep. Back to the present. I didn't have the ENERGY to do much of anything for four months or so. I started this painting (the tiger one) and left it up in my studio/kitchen and walked by it multiple times each day and got to see it in different lights. I felt peaceful each time I looked at it and could see potential. I could see where I could make changes and that any part of it could be re-worked and that in the end it would be a completed piece. (One million metaphors here:)) I WAS really please with the way it turned out and I felt encouraged to work more. My fabulous cousin's husband graciously let me use his photographs for reference, and pretty much, I've been at it since:) I've felt inspired and guided to paint certain subjects for certain people and have felt immense satisfaction in creating. I try to stay busy and will work on one or two pieces each week.
This was my first ever pet-commission, although from what I understand this is no ordinary horse, but a tornado survivor as well.
And this is the piece I'm currently working on. It's cheery and peaceful and THAT says a lot for me!