I have finally found some time amongst my busy work and home life schedule to paint again. It is never very easy to find that time to paint as much as you would like when you are running a business from home and have a family and house to look after as well as feeding a few hungry people whom love their food, cleaning the house and walking here and there taking the kids to school and collecting them too.
However, now that I have managed to actually create my own timetable for work and giving myself certain tasks to do each day I have found that I managed to free up a little time where I can go off to my little craft and arty haven and get arty or crafty. it is so easy to fall into a routine of saying to yourself, "right! i need to get all these orders don, do the washing up, get the washer on, cook for tonights' dinner, clean bathrooms etc." but, where is that free time to do what it is you really enjoy?...................Well, like I said previously, timetables help! Plus, being strict on yourself on what you do in your day. For people like ourselves - working from home - we need to be very disciplined with ourselves and set tasks for each day and not worry about the rest, " There is always tomorrow!" as the saying goes.
Getting out my favourite acrylics
So last Friday after a nice afternoon out with my darling husband, eating lunch out,I came home I pulled out my Amsterdam Acrylic paints and palette knives and started to lather on beautiful pastel and pearlescent colours to this canvas I have had sat on my table easel for months. It has been crying out to me to add colour to it to bring the canvas alive. As a gentle, loving and soft person I tend to mainly use soft pastel shades of colours reflecting my character. There are 75 colours in the Rembrandt range of acrylics and 6x of which are pearlescent colours which happen to be my favourite colours as the beauty of their hidden shine is just remarkable in a painting when the light hits the painting picking up the true colour of the pearlescent colour. You will see in my painting below, just exactly what I mean.
I did not start this painting with anything in mind because I was just too eager to apply colour to the canvas and get back into painting again as I have not painted for at least 5years. So I started with blues and purples and toned them down, then I started to add in highlights to depict light areas and a sky soon formed. I then found myself applying pinks with pearlescent yellow and violet in the foreground and, hills formed with a path I guess. So, it appears a landscape is being composed here and so far the feedback on it from members on the Crafts Beautiful Forum and on Facebook has been really encouraging and kind. I plan to pick up my palette knife again soon and look forward to adding more colour, some textures and detail in the foreground to help lift the whole composition of the landscape.