God’s will for our lives is the interruptions…

I’m sorry that I don’t recall who deserves credit for that statement, but I love it.  I first heard it many years ago when my two oldest children were toddlers and the third one wasn’t yet a dream on the horizon.  It has rung in my head periodically, especially during busy times when I’ve  wished to have time for art but the demands of life won’t allow it.

Fast-forward to this winter.  I’ve been absent from my blog for work and family reasons.  Although I could rant about how busy my life is, I won’t bore you with the details.  Suffice it to say that God’s will for our lives is the interruptions.  I take solace in knowing that the time we invest in our families and community is never wasted, even if it means our personal pursuits must temporarily simmer on the back burner.

Thankfully, I have managed to sneak into my studio for a few minutes here and there and start a couple new pieces….AND manage to take a few photos!

Here is a piece that I started working on this winter, with photos from its beginning up to where it is now.

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Making a mess with color and pattern. You can see the vase shape, as I had in mind to create a floral arrangement. 24×24 inches on canvas

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Starting to lay in greens for background and collaging blooms.

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Continuing to add floral shapes and thinking about the overall composition of the bouquet.

This is where I wish I had taken more photos to show the progression from the above photo to the current stage.

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Current stage – still needs some work to add back interest in the background, and possibly change some values of the bouquet.

As stated above, this piece still needs some work.  I must say that I’ve become obsessed with painting floral arrangements and am on a quest to learn as much as possible.  I’m currently enrolled in Lynn Whipple’s amazing online class called ‘Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting’ which has opened up a whole new realm of possibilities in floral painting.  I’ll definitely incorporate her ideas in future floral art, but it was a little late for this one!

I also purchased the video “Expressive Still Lifes with Annie O’Brien Gonzales”, which is highly informative as well.  I found it fascinating  to learn about her thought process and considerations when she composes a painting.

With that in mind, I hope to have lots of new explorations to share in the near future…barring any “interruptions”!

As always, thanks for reading my blog.  Many blessings to you as you manage your own interruptions!

Until next time,

Melanie

 

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