February has arrived...
and with it's first day, it has made it's grand entrance with blowing snow here on the Kansas prairie.
After my two cups of coffee this morning, I went into the kitchen and began chopping vegetables. This kind of day calls for stew in the crockpot.
Now, many hours later, I can report that it was delightful! (Quite colorful too)!
Sundays are typically "lazy days" around here. A day of rest, indeed. I rarely even paint on a Sunday...
but I can show you what I am currently working on!
I am painting Las Vegas for a client who was married there. A gift for her husband. This has probably been one of my most challenging paintings, for many reasons. I have only been to Las Vegas once... when I was just age 18. I do not remember much about it.
I do not paint cities or buildings often and I do struggle with "perspective".
Yes, it's been a difficult painting...
I feel that I learn and I grow as an artist with each commission because I am told what to paint. If I had not been told to paint Las Vegas... or a cow...
I most likely would have never done so. I would have never known just how exciting it is to paint a silly cow!
I have really come to appreciate commission work for such reasons. It forces me to step outside of my comfort zones and to learn. Before painting, I spend weeks studying the subject that I will be painting. I observe every line, the colors, the variations... and perspective.
I think that Vegas will be finished this week!
Possibly she will decide to give it to her hubby early... a Valentine gift? (I am way ahead since I originally told her that I could begin painting in February)!
Awwww, the month of Love!
I also squeeze in some playful painting that requires zero brain work!
Sending some Love your way!