Shattered

This 9″X 12″ acrylic on canvas was inspired by the book Watching Glass Shatter, by the wonderfully talented James J. Cudney.  This painting is part of the author’s private collection.

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I was lost in paint and forgot to take a few photos, adding the teal background and texture/blending of the leaves!img_5149

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Live Artistically You…

♥Roda

 

 

The Journey…

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A few weeks ago, I started a new 24″ x 24″ traditional sunflower painting.    No matter how hard I tried, it just wasn’t progressing smoothly. After 14 hours into the painting, I finally decided enough was enough. I took a damp rag and smeared the wet, olive-green paint across the entire canvas. I sat for a few minutes and felt peace…

Sometimes in life, no matter how hard we try, it’s OK to step back, regroup, and begin again. Some things can’t be fixed, but they can be accepted. While I was painting, I was listening to my painting playlist and the song “Never Saw Blue Like That“, by Shawn Colvin, came on.  Instantly, I found myself squeezing shades of blue paint, onto my palette. Within 30 minutes, I had created a whole new appearance to my so-called sunflower. It was effortless, magical and most importantly, peaceful.

I left my painting for a few days and returned to her, knowing I had some things left to finish. Within an hour, she was complete.  An icy, blue bloom.

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I was reminded of such a valuable lesson, during the painting of this piece. Life is truly a journey. There are bumps in the road, but we must always move forward, even if we need to change lanes or highways completely. The bumps in the road teach so many valuable lessons. These lessons I am grateful for… They remind me that our journeys are not always smooth. Our past cannot be altered. But we can embrace our past and move forward to bigger and brighter experiences.

If you look closely, there are bits of orange and yellow that peek through. Just like life, the colors of our past will never go away, but as layers and layers of memories build, the difficult memories, from the past, will fade away into the background.

This painting is special.  Not for what it is or how it appears, but for the lesson it holds, deep within its layers. This painting holds a journey… A lesson we can all learn from.

Live Artistically You…

Roda

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Bloom

Painting is very much an emotional experience for me.  Time stands still.  Being the all or nothing person that I am, once the palette knife touches the canvas, I don’t stop painting until the piece is finished. I enjoy taking photos of the painting process.  It is fascinating to look back and see how it all came to be.

It is Fall and Fall makes me dream of sunflowers…

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I rarely use paint brushes… I use a palette knife 90% of the time.
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The beginning…
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Adding color!
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There is nothing better than thick layers of paint!
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The second sunflower begins to take form…
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Adding detail and wrapping paint around the edges.
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Creating leaves…
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Final touches…
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A few last tweaks!
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And she is complete!

 Tending to my soul sets the tone for my entire day and a beautiful day it was…

Live Artistically YOU

♥Roda

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Flourish

Painting fills me with so much joy! When I create, time stands still.  I think of nothing, yet I feel everything.  I call this painting, “Flourish”. This painting will be part of an upcoming project, which I will share more details about in the near future.  I feel blessed to have the opportunity and am very excited to watch this creative endeavor come to fruition.

I log my creative progress, through photos, as I paint.  I enjoy looking back and watching the creative magic unfold!  Here is a peek at the creative journey of “Flourish”…♥

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“Flourish”

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Final piece – Photo taken in natural light.

Be Artistically YOU!

♥Roda