And now, the end is here…
Regrets, I’ve had a few,
Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew,
I’ve had my fill, my share of losing.
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way!
That song has been in my head today. And not just for me. I think each of the artists participating can relate. Great paintings were created, and also some mediocre. A few too, that will be ripped up, thrown out, or painted over.
I want to thank everyone who visited my blog and gave me your opinion of my work. It really means a lot to me, you kept me going even when I thought my work was only fit for Oscar and his trash can.
I want to send out a “Thank You!” to Leslie as well. She said today that she does not think she played much of a part in so many people painting every day. But there are over 300 artists who would tell you different. She will be hosting another challenge in January, and I will be there to take part. I have a friend who is just getting started with painting and she wants to join as well.
For today, a painting I will be sending to my best friend from 5th and 6th grade. Helena. We were friends for about two years, and then each left the state. Letters kept us in touch for a few more years, and then we sort of, lost each other. I found her on Facebook earlier this year. Not sure why I had never thought to look before that.
I mentioned in a post I think last Tuesday or Wednesday, that I had taken a trip down memory lane. I went to my old neighborhood. Well, that gave me the idea for this, and about ten other paintings.
These are eucalyptus. The neighborhood I spent part of my childhood in was Scripps Ranch. Just east of Miramar, and if you have watched Top Gun, you have seen parts of Scripps Ranch, and all of the eucalyptus trees. It was a little sad going back. One of the houses I had lived was burned in the Cedar fire. There were a lot of brand new homes, dotted in between older ones.
Scripps is an area I have fond memories of, and I even have dreams of it. Sometimes in the rain, trees all shiny and everything smelling so clean and fresh. That is when you can really smell the eucalyptus. ( I remember most of my dreams so that is not very unusual for me.)
I thought about using pen with this, adding a few crags and cracks and outline definition. the veins are really so tiny and so numerous, adding them would destroy the piece. I really like them like this. What do you think? (remember how the sunflower looked?) I will think on it for a day or two. If I do it, I will still have this version saved in the computer.
Here are all of the paintings I worked on this month. Which ones did you like the best? Can you tell me why? Sorry, I did not have time to include links with each of them. To revisit them you can go to my Home page, and then scroll down to see the original posts.
Have a great evening everyone! I hope you had as much fun looking at these, as I had creating them!