I have seriously missed having a creative outlet by painting and crafting. Living in a small home, I really don’t have the space to spread out, set up my supplies and work on a project that will take me several days. Any craft or artwork I have done in the last few years have been done in one sitting. I haven’t painted on a canvas in years, though.
Motivation and Inspiration can come in many forms. My friend Linda, over at Creative Artworks Blog who has been blogging about why we need to be creative and how important it is to find time every day to work on some sort of artwork, shared the above meme.
Now, I am not quite ready yet to dig out my paint supplies. I’m almost afraid to, because the paints are pretty old and may all need to be replaced. But I did find my little photo album with pictures of my artwork from years ago.
I took pictures of the pictures in the album so I could share them here, so the quality isn’t great. I sold all but a couple of the pieces, back when I was painting full time. I don’t have the natural talent that my Mom, a son and a Great Aunt had, so I am especially proud that people actually wanted to buy them.
Here are three of my paintings…..
I painted 6 canvases for Hubby the first Christmas after we got married almost 20 years ago. I had dabbled in painting a very long time before then with my mother when my youngest was a baby, but I really didn’t have the time, energy or money to do much with it. After I married the love of my life, I was able to take some time off working and started painting again to kill the time during his long work days. He was my biggest fan, so with his encouragement, my skills improved.
We had just bought our property which was just a huge hayfield and we weren’t sure what we wanted to do with it. This was my dream at that time on canvas.
We spent a few years in Florida working. Being from the midwest, I was in awe of everything in Florida! I took tons of photos for painting ideas. I also found a book about the Florida Highwaymen, a group of 26 black artists who could whip out Florida landscape paintings like crazy, which they sold out of their car trunks. I think I read somewhere that they painted and sold over 200,000 paintings during the 1950s into the 1980s.
I tried to replicate a few of them. These two painting were probably inspired by pictures in the book. Without any formal training, I taught myself to paint by copying details I found in painting I liked.
One of the perks of working on the road, is seeing the beautiful landscapes in different regions across the country.
I hope to get back to painting soon. Until I finish new artwork, I will share some of my other pieces once in awhile.