Magic. I have come to adore these two little paintings. They mean important things to me. I'd like to say I've been thinking about them all my life and finally got them onto canvas. But that would be a lie. They're just mixing + brush exercises that turned pretty. And rhythmic. And calming. And like eating chocolate and drinking red wine... only not. And they are very much something I adore right now. I called them Baby Bokeh because bokeh in its most basic form is simply 'blurred light'. Which is just a fancy way of saying 'magic'.
Which is sometimes pronounced 'hope'.
So they are very dear to me.
This pair is 8x8 inches on gallery canvas that is an inch and three-quarters thick. Acrylic paint. They are just me trying to work on my greens. I only use primary colours and mix my palette from scratch. Green is not really on my radar. It's not my comfort zone. But, I'm getting better. The brushes (in the top photo) are just one of 24 jars filled with a collection of my favourites... I really like brushes. I like to collect things. I especially like the brushes that get ratty + old + worn - because that means they have been living. Sometimes I take them out to the sidewalk to rough them up before using them with paint. The wooden handle brushes are kids brushes and they are my favourites. And yes, the pig hairs fall out ALL THE TIME and if you've ever seen one of my originals up close - you'll find plenty of brush hairs embedded. Proof I was there, I say. ;)
These little paintings may or may not show up in my shop next week. I'm back and forth on it. I've challenged myself to FILL our house with art. Normally I sell things quickly, but right now - I want to see the walls of this dear house filled up with miles of canvas + print. It's kind of an overwhelming need that I can't explain. Dan is going to hate this idea because he is a huge fan of selling things when the paint is still wet. But, I am going to lay in a long, hot bath in the midst of the things made by my own hands.
They are so very dear to me.
(The Bokeh collection has a growing number of pieces... big + small.)
Today: Painting. Oh, I love painting. I'm finding better days spending more time offline - popping in with random peeks of what's happening. So much will to paint. It's goodness. And I am grateful.