Painting Pretty and a Rose


Artists struggle with artist's statements. How to express one's art in words is kind of the opposite of what we do the rest of the time, and after all, if we could say it, we wouldn't feel so driven to paint it. I decided several years ago not to wear myself out trying to find profound meaning in what I paint. I like to paint pretty, and that's good enough for me. Which is why I like the quote I used on the art photo above. I believe there is something simple and true about seeing beauty in every day. Days like yesterday, an ordinary whirl of laundry and doctor appointments and a head-to-head battle with a six-year-old set on self-destructing. Days like that need pretty, and I found it in the fresh breeze at the clothesline and the jewelled raspberries in the garden.

And my roses are still blooming. Love this single blossom, layered with Kim Klassen's Revolution and Greydays texture to add a grainy grungy charm and my favourite font (Jenna Sue) for the quote. Linking up to Texture Tuesdays.

Tonight I'm teaching an advent calendar class for a little Christmas in July fun, and if I get lucky I'll squeeze in fifteen minutes to work on a new berry painting. Cause I haven't painted saskatoons yet this year. Unless you count the five stroke painting video demo from June...