So, I'm guessing that most of you are doing what I am; scrambling around trying to get those last gifts purchased, gathering holiday recipes...
... shopping for those crazy -why-did-I-decide-to-make-a-dish-that-calls-for-lingonberry-preserves-and-what-the-heck-IS-a-lingonberry-anyway!- ingredients :)
I was super hopeful that THIS would be the year that I would finally send out Christmas cards since moving four and half years ago, but that is not going to happen...
... since I'm still trying to find a way to get my pumpkins, which are completely and utterly frozen TO my front porch, off my front porch, so I can put more appropriate holiday decor out there!
Before the crazies of the holidays started, I began a larger painting (18x36) of this multi-bow combo with the idea being 'girl power.'
the set up
digital sketch to check basic color patterns before painting.
(I'm not trying to plug a product...iphone iphone iphone... but I don't know how I managed without my phone apps that let me do quick sketches, learn Italian, check the weather, be TOLD where best to eat, all while listening to Christmas carols)
beginning of painting.
I started applying paint in what I see as the super juicy spots first. The very glowing red areas which exist in the inside of the largest pink bow. I will continue to modify and exaggerate these colors as I go, but this initial pass will give me a anchor to judge my other pinks.
There is something about the over the top feminine pink, yet super strong tower of bows that really excites me about this painting! And I'm hopeful that 2011 will bring me the time and energy to get back to this again, but I just haven't been able to jump into the mind frame I need for this painting lately, so I have two easels going and this 12x12 is now in progress.
here is the set up
Start of painting.
Even though I wrapped this present with the idea of an angel, looking at the presents on their respective easels I see something else - myself split....
... one minute feeling like a strong woman ready to take on the world - and the next ... a tiny, lost, almost invisible soul. Or maybe I'm letting my imagination get the best of me.... or maybe it's those dang Lingonberries!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!