Shortly after directing my dance group’s anniversary performance, I fell sick for two weeks. I was miserable, but at least I wasn’t obligated to do too much at that point (as if it wasn’t clear that I deserved a break).
Therefore, I figured it was time to break out the paint set. I had not painted in YEARS. This was going to be exciting.
My first painting was a template from an acrylics kit I bought at an arts store some time back. It was like painting-by-the-numbers except with no numbers…and with incomplete boundaries….yup.
You can still see some of the lines at the bottom where the “grass” is supposed to be — this was painted before I figured out that it’s better to use very minimal water. The rest of the painting I think I just kind of went on my instinct on it. The original image they put on the box was a bit lighter in theme; perhaps this was reflecting my dark, congested mood.
My first original painting in the bunch came from an idea of some larger project I wanted to do and have since been procrastinating on.
I wanted to originally paint this, then poke holes in the center of the seeds and stick LED lights through them, but this is still a pending project. The painting itself was mildly based on stock photography, because, honestly, up until then I had not really put too much thought into the details of a dandelion stem.
And finally in this initial series, I present to you the beautifully gilded, controversial Treegate.
Which is it?! Is it the side of a single tree or is it in fact two trees standing next to each other? Inspired originally by Klimt’s tree of life, I simply wanted to do a re-interpretation of some of the branches. My beloved, on the other hand, thought I was hanging the thing sideways on the wall and was confused. Briefly, I even dared to suggest hanging it at 45 degrees to signify a compromise, but no! No compromise! IAMTHEARTIST!