| 04 January, 2014 15:11
01/04/14 A new year, new hope, a new positive attitude. My injuries are much better, thanks to a wonderful physical therapist. No, I didn’t lose any weight when I was eating with my left hand, as I know my friends are wondering. I guess it was the soft foods. So I’m ready to get back to my original purpose for starting this blog: thinking about art.
I finally finished 2 of the paintings I started in Minnesota this summer. When I got up there, I discovered that I had left my whole watercolor supply back in Arizona (in fact it was still waiting, by the front door, to be packed in the car when we got back this fall.) All I had in MN was an old set of acrylics that a friend gave me years ago. I hadn’t used them very much before, but decided to give them a try on an idea I had for a painting series.
One of my darling granddaughters had been traveling and working in the far east for a few years, and this summer she came back. I was so happy to see her and gave her lots of big hugs. After she left to visit other family members, I decided to put my joy on canvas. I didn’t use our actual images, but instead used symbolic figures to represent us.
I used the acrylics for the painting, which I call “Welcome Home”, and found that I kind of liked the look of acrylic for this series. It is harder to push around than watercolor, which is still my favorite medium, but I’m intrigued with learning to use the new paint, and will continue to use it for the series.
My idea for this series is based on the human interactions that have blessed my life. I am entering “Welcome Home” in Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild’s upcoming Signature Show, opening Tuesday, January 7, 2014. The Awards Reception will be Thursday, January 16, with nationally-known artist, Mary Ann Beckwith awarding the prizes. The show will run through Sunday, February 9, 2014. The Gallery is in the River Center Shopping Center, on the northeast corner of River and Craycroft Roads, in Tucson, AZ. I look forward to seeing some of you there.
See the new painting in the “My Life” section of my website’s “My Paintings”. Watch for others in this series as I finish them.