15″ x 22″ watercolour
“Do you get bored building hot rods?”
“Of course not – but I don’t make the same hot rod over and over.”
“Neither do I.”
“Yeah, but you already have painting down pat, my hot rods just get bigger and better.”
I think Wade should know by now that I don’t ever consider that I have watercolour down pat but I told him about how I have been continually surprised by how painting has evolved for me and how it becomes more of a medium of my self-expression all the time – I think he tuned me out at that point.
This painting was a challenge for me in painting larger, and while a lot of my layout was done by artistically cropping my reference photo, I had to go beyond the photo to add more depth and dimension than was shown on film. Every painting that I start presents some sort of challenge, and in this pursuit I stretch my limits and grow as an artist. And I loved every minute of this painting!
I am going to hold off putting it up for sale until after the South Peace Art Society summer members’ exhibit, which I like to take part in. That gives me a few months to find the perfect mat and frame, get a better quality photograph taken than the one above, and hopefully become a little less attached to it. I do find a little piece of myself clinging to each painting I finish, but apparently with larger paintings, the piece of myself is larger as well, and I need some time to disentangle my soul from these precious “Freckled Orchids.”