Week four is done...I'm a few days away from being finished with my first month of this project. Flipping through the pages of my portfolio, seeing my ever-growing collection of 4" x 6" illustrations. has filled me with happiness and pride and the wonder of endless possibilities for the remainder of this art series.
"Ghosts of Summers Past" (Day 21) - It's been frigidly cold this week. It was delightful to paint these shells which I've collected on various summer vacations, and think about sun and sand and warmth for a while.
"Joy" (Day 22) - Joy is building endless towers of wooden blocks for my son to knock down with extreme enthusiasm. Joy is playing with old-fashioned toys without flashing lights and a cacophony of sounds. Joy is spending my days loving my beautiful little boy.
"Visual Pleasures" (Day 23) - The beautiful folds of a piece of fabric, the voluptuous forms of ripe pears, a chipped bowl in earthy tones...a feast for the eyes.
"Like Mother, Like Son" (Day 24) - There are many ways my son takes after me...he loves carrots, thinks singing is magical, adores painting, and frequently rocks black converse.
"Objects" (Day 25) - I saw these giant plastic chains for sale in my local Target...they were described as "decorative objects." I love their chunky boldness, their bright colors, but I would never spend money on them (not while I still have student loans to pay off, and retirement to save for, and numerous charities that I wish I could give more to.) Still, I snapped a picture, knowing that I'd love to paint them.
"Meta" (Day 26) - It was extremely entertaining painting this piece...there was something strangely amusing about altering the subject of the illustration (my watercolor palette) in the process of creating art.
I've grown to look forward to the hour (or two or three) spent with my pens and paints each evening, almost as much as I look forward to seeing your comments on and responses to my art. I'm excited to see what Week 5 will bring!