Sunday, April 04, 2010
New Paints! (and other stuff)
And along with the brain, I think the heart can use a little relaxation, as well. Stress reduction, right? It never hurts.
Writing does relax me, of course -- except when a deadline is looming. I also walk at least once a day when I am home, to unravel both the kinks in my body and my mind. But lately, I'm wondering if I need to find another "project" to focus on for a while, to rest my brain a spell. An old childhood love has been nagging at me and yesterday, I took that nagging seriously and set out for my local art supply store.
I want to paint again. Or draw. Or paint. Or draw. Whatever comes to me.
You see, I used to draw a lot when I was a little girl, ponies and dogs often my favorite subjects. I was also pretty good with landscapes. People? Not so much.
So after my trek to the store, where I bought a few supplies to get me started again, I began thinking about my old art box and dragged it out of the closet, too. The oils and acrylics had long since been tossed but there still was lots of good stuff in that old art box. See?
Here is the new stuff. Some acrylics, new brushes, and some refresher reading material, as well as a canvas pad.
And then I also found this. An original oil. Please notice the fine detail on the milk glass vase and the pussy willows. Not your average 10 year old painting, huh? If I do say so myself. There are more of these at may parents' home. Bless them. Remember, I did say this was an oil painting. Do you know how long it takes for those oils to dry?
Ah, well, I'm no Picasso or Renoir, but I'm hankering to dabble again. New paints are a beautiful thing. Easy on the eyes and on the brain.