Inspired by all the fall colors, and the fact that we are getting ready to take a vacation to Northern California, I decided to paint another watercolor….in fall colors!
For some reason the watercolors I was sick of working with many years ago, seem to be what brings me joy today. The mixing of paint; watercolors, acrylic and even ink seem to be calming to me at a time when everyone is agitated about politics. Boy, will I be glad when the election is over, the ads will be off the TV, and we can get back to talking about the small stuff.
One of the reasons I stopped working in watercolors was the length of drying time. My creative self started demanding instant gratification, and working on a painting that somehow was finished in a day or two was more than enticing. Each piece was so different, as is the acrylic, the time spent on just one petal or leaf seemed like forever, time spent on an acrylic petal, or leaf was oh so quick. The fact that a watercolor has to be treated differently to hang it in a room, is surly a downside, but hey I’m up for a challenge. Why not seal it, and mount it to a canvas. It’s been done before, and it will be done again!
I’m an experimental artist, so let’s experiment!
Les and I are headed to Lake Tahoe later this week, and I expect to come home so revitalized, refreshed and once again grounded. The air and trees always inspire me, and I don’t expect this time to be any different. Nature is so amazing…..
Temperatures up North have dropped, from what we are use to that is. It’s cold up there and I expect we pansys are going to feel like it’s freezing. We feel like it’s freezing when it get to the 60’s here. We will moan, and groan, and rush from one place to another. We aren’t going up there to gamble, just to be refreshed, and have a change of pace. To regain an appreciation for all that we don’t have in Southern California.
There will be no hunkering down to keep warm at the expense of adventure!
Our plan is to visit some friends while up there, and let them tease us about how light weight we are for thinking it’s cold. After all, they’re use to it, and I’m sure it won’t be as cold as it will be later in the winter. They’ll have every right to tease us! It will be a treat to have people we know to share dinner with, and maybe even a fire in the fireplace!
I’m hoping to do a little sketching… so my sketch book, and pens are ready to go. We are both looking forward to our little adventure before the holidays.
Happy Halloween everyone…..