Hi everyone who is listening. I am sorry that I have not been in here such a long time. The internet has been such a distraction for me for a while and I have really tried to stay away from it as much as I can. The good thing about it is while I have been away I have actually sold my first painting! It was a commissioned painting. So I suppose that makes me "BONIFIED". If that is actually how to spell the word. Anyway.. I have been sitting and wondering what to do now. I really have no idea what I want to say as an artist. I just like to paint! I have no idea what else to say. Its great therapy. That's all I know. When I am painting - I am not thinking about how afraid I am to lose one of my kids. I am not thinking about how afraid I am that my husband could lose his job. I am not thinking about how much I miss my family back home. I am not thinking about how I am getting older. I am just thinking about what I am doing. All my energy goes into it when I am working on something. It does make me happy.
Anyway. Let me hook up my phone to my computer so that I can share with you the painting. I actually recorded my progress so I will share that with you here. Oh and my cow painting. Not sure if I shared this one with you or not... I gave that to charity and it was raffled off. Over 750 people bought a ticket worth $1 so they could have a chance to win my painting. Nice for charity. ;)
Alright let me introduce you to Buster. I will walk you through this in some of these. I just like to explain everything.
When I started this was not the original composition that we had agreed on. The first one I painted the underpainting and then for some reason stopped. I could not move forward. I hated it. I sat on it for a couple of days and then finally called her and said: I am so sorry. I can not finish the painting like this. I have to change it. I love Buster (I know him personally) and I know that this just isn't him. I gotta do my own thing. She is such a great lady she agreed and gave me free range. So this was my new idea. The greens were so YELLOW though. I hated it. Instead of being discouraged I just slowed down and worked on toning down the trees into a more dark green. I think it worked out nice.
The start of Buster. And some toned trees.
I always paint the eye first. I always draw the eyes first also.
The other dog is just a picture that I had of him. I kinda tilted his look a bit but its okay. Doesn't have to be perfect. I kept telling myself that also through out the painting. These are my exact words : FRANKIE THIS IS A ROMANTIC REPLICA OF BUSTER AND THE WORLD AROUND HIM! NOT AN EXACT. and it kept me going :)
Putting in the background. No idea what I was doing. I was just throwing stuff in.
Leaves for the trees.
Filling in Buster was the most time consuming part. Took me two days to paint him.
The family is from Texas so I threw in some blue bonnets to go with the sky and for Texas. :) The painting is a bit darker than this.. The one below here is about the right colors. It is a 20" X 16" Oil on Canvas. And its called BUSTER.
And yes that is my foot. ;)
So that is what I am up to.
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