So, I’m going to start off by saying I’m not an artist. Well, that’s not completely accurate. I do have artistic abilities, but they lean toward either the written word or taking already designed shapes and putting them together, like with scrap-booking. But I know my limitations and free-form art is one of them.
I have wanted to take a little hiatus from writing, but I don’t like a lot of empty spaces in my life. So I took on an art project. A free-form art project. Painting. Unusual for me and not where my talents lie. But I have to admit, it’s been fun. I’ll never be as good as our own Kit Domino (check out her amazing artwork here) is, but I understand the draw. As frustrating as it is, trying to get a paintbrush to move in the direction I want it to without making a bunch of squiggly lines, I can get lost in the minutia of painting. I forget my problems, my worries, and, in one case, even my schedule. Oops.
It’s fun. It’s mesmerizing, mixing paints to get just the right hue, seeing a picture come together in layers.
Now that the introduction is over, I guess it’s time to show what I’ve been telling you about. It started when I bought this sign for beside our front door:
It came with three rather cheesy wreaths that I didn’t care for. At winter cabin this year, my family and I all painted rocks and pieces of wood. So I thought maybe I could do something on wood for each month of the year.
I had to get hubby involved at that point. He cut and sanded the wood pieces for me. Then I hit the internet for inspiration, coming up with a game plan for each month. And bought brushes and acrylics. (Note to self: next time, buy quality, not starter kits.)
Here’s my start at the first three months of the year:
Here’s January completed, except for protective spray and adding string:
And everything I’ve gotten done so far:
August is almost done. I’ve worked on some layers for September and October, but haven’t yet started November and December. My plan is to be finished by the end of March, so hopefully, in April, I can show you the full set.
Twelve months of painted wood chips. Two months of a very zen-like down-time as I painted them. And a happier attitude as we open our doors to spring in a couple weeks.
So, Kit Domino? I get it. Completely. I don’t ever plan to paint at your level, but I see why it makes you sooo happy to do so. Keep it up. The world needs more beauty.