There are three surefire ways to make someone feel extra special on their birthday, and that is a fact!
1. Be there.
How can you tell them how special they are to you if you are not there for their birthday? My parents live almost 700km away so usually a phone call and a snail mail card (eons better than a Facebook happy birthday wish) has to do the trick, but this year, luckily, Easter was around the time of my dad’s and brother’s birthdays so I had an extra long weekend and was able to make the trek down to see them. Bonus points for me.
2. Bake a cake.
Sweets are the secret to anyone’s heart, and that is also a fact. If someone tells you they do not like sweets, they are a lying liar who lies so make them cake anyways. Fortunately, my dad loves anything sweet. A couple of years ago, I made him this cake. It was supposed to be a sexy red sports car. Major fail. However, the old man mobile that it looks like is probably more age appropriate anyways. Just kidding dad. You are only as old as you feel and we all know you feel like a 22-year-old.
Not too long ago, I spent the weekend in NYC. It was the rainiest weekend ever. This resulted in a lot of indoor activities. Luckily art galleries are generally indoors.
We went to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) among other places, hoping to get inspired to paint. If I’m being completely honest (which I am) I’ll admit that I was quite disappointed by the lack of actual paintings there. Maybe I’m just not up to speed with modern art, but the majority of the art work there was just strange.
I’d like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas!!!
I hope you all get to spend it with those nearest and dearest to you.
And remember that the best gift of all is love.
But art is a close second, since it is made with love 😉
Thank you all for stopping by and reading and supporting my passion. I love you all very much and wish I could give each and every one of you a giant hug. A cyber hug will have to do in this case. Thank you again and Merry Christmas!
And yes, this painting is for sale. It can be found here. Or on Etsy.
I’ve had plenty of time to paint lately since I’ve been on holidays since December 9th. Expect an onslaught of new paintings showing up on the blog in the upcoming weeks. Even more exciting is that they’re all huge. No more 12×16″ canvases over here. I stocked up on a bunch of giant canvases (24×36″ and larger) and I’ve just been going to town. Large paintings make me happy so I’m gonna stick with it.
Let’s start with this one. You should probably know by now that I like rain and umbrellas. At least painting them. Not a fan of the stuff in “real life” at all.
I started with the background which was all done with a palette knife. Also my favorite way to paint since you’re basically throwing paint on a canvas and just moving it around. Cheaper than therapy. More fun than therapy. Sign me up.
And right after this dried, I added in the foreground, and got the finished piece. I’ve been slacking with taking progression photos since I’ve been taking less breaks (and that’s usually when I would snap some pictures). I’ll work on it 🙂
I named this painting ‘Hastiness’ because I don’t know about you, but when I’m walking in the rain, especially if I’m all dressed up, my pace definitely picks up. Get me somewhere warm and dry asap please!
Also, it’s a good reminder to slow down. I know my mind has been going a million miles a minute lately with “what ifs“. Finishing school and entering the real world (round 2 for me) can be exciting but there’s also a lot of uncertainty which can be scary.
I’m trying to remind myself to slow down, relax, and just go with the flow. Things have a way of working out, right? Please tell me I’m right!
I tried to do a little photo shoot with this painting in my parent’s living room to give you an idea of size. It’s really the perfect size to be a focal point in a room.
And here’s one more just for fun. Or maybe because I snapped about 20 and it seems like a waste to only show you one…
Hopefully noticeable in the photos above, but the painting is done on a gallery wrapped canvas (art speak for ‘the canvas is 1.5″ deep, without staples on the edges, and the edges are painted, therefore it doesn’t require a frame’).
Do you have trouble slowing down and just going with the flow?How do you deal with that?We all know I do, and clearly painting is my way of dealing with it. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
If you’re interested in purchasing this original painting, it is available for sale in my online store here.