WIP – Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Another work in progress, this one in oil. Its 8 x 8 and because its oil, it has to dry between paint applications. It will be some time before I finish. I photographed the blue jays in an oak tree just off my deck last fall. I liked the way he was looking up with his beak open slightly.

I Need a Break

Little PrincessLately, it seems like everything I try to do turns to dust. I’ve started 3 paintings and have not liked where any of them are going. One is oil, the other two are acrylic. Thankfully, its much easier to wipe off the oil painting and begin again than it is the acrylic. After several scrap-offs, the acrylic canvas turns slick and the paint dulls. At that point, its time to throw it away. And it was such a great start, but somewhere along the line, it went awry. So – I will start over – but not just yet. I need a break. I need to do something that I can be happy with when I’m done. When I run into this “art” problem, I go back to my family history research for a few days. I don’t always find anything new, but every so often I find a clue that breaks through a brick wall. Other times, I find information that adds to my understanding of who I am. And that is satisfying. And it gives me time to clear my head. So, I’m off to research for a day or two – then I’ll return to the easel, hopefully refreshed and ready to overcome those stumbling blocks that kept getting in my way. In the mean time, meet the “Little Princess.” This is an oil painting I did many years ago. Sorry – it’s not for sale.