Well I did it. I sold my first painting today and dropped it off too. I was a little bit apprehensive about doing so though. I have lived with this painting for almost 7 years and it was one of my favourites. It was "Poppy Fields" and although I will miss it, I know it is going to a good home.
I remember painting it in my backyard in the glorious July sun. The girls were playing outside and my husband was reading a book on the swing. I really wanted to paint something, like "right now" but I didn't have any canvases. This caused me to ransack the garage for anything that I could use. Here is where I found a large board. It had an oil stain on it, but I cut it off and evened out the edges.
I didn't know what I wanted to paint, I just had all my paints in front of me, the brushes and a few knives. Next thing you know a background is coming to life, a forefront and then a couple of poppies were painted in. Sometimes it is hard to know when a painting is done, to know when to walk away and know that that is it. I have gone to far in many painting and in my eyes, I have ruined them. My husband says they are fine and that I am too hard on myself, but well, these are a piece of me. Each swirl, each blend of colour, each stroke or scrape, all there because I decided that is where it should be.
Dropping off the painting tonight, holding tight to it as I walked it up the stairs, knowing it will be in good hands... was for me, watching your children go into their classroom for the first time. Worried, scared, wishful and happy in knowing this is good for both of us.
Sounds silly, but if I didn't put myself into the pieces of art, then why bother.
Hi my name is Jodi, and sadly this is not my first blog but I am hoping that it is one that I actually keep up with! I am easily distracted and I am learning to follow through with things. Which might be why I am constantly changing things in my home. My husband says it is easier for him to change a wall colour or build me something than it is to pack up and move! We are on our 4th home in 11 years!
This little blog will be about myself, my family and what I want, wish or will do to my home. There may be the odd snide remark, sad story, pity me moment, joys of my children (I have two beautiful girls) the on going struggles of two rebellious and thick skull-ed dogs and the never ending changes to my home. I am making time for myself and have started painting again. I have always enjoyed painting and truth be told, a lot of the scents that come along with painting, brings back happy memories. My grandmother painted in her basement, and I remember thinking how bad it smelled down there. The oil paints, the varnish, the turpentine, the smell of the canvas and the overwhelming feeling of dampness because there was always a jar of water on the table or multiple paintings on the go. Now as my office/basement area takes on those familiar smells, memories and lessons come flooding back.
I have done many d.i.y’s to my home and I am never content or finished with a project. It can always be better! (much to my husbands chagrin!)
I love sharing my before and afters to friends and family via facebook and small tours of my home. How I have incorporated my own art and others into my home. How to decorate around or with that special piece. My grandmother painted landscapes, myself, I prefer a more abstract, full of texture and colour piece. In my own home I have oil paintings that were my grandmothers, painted glass and ceramics that my mother did, antique needle-point, my daughters class art and hand-prints, and of course, my own mix of art. With that being said, I believe that it is time to share all of this with a larger audience.
You will see my use of bold colours yet I equally enjoy the calm and serenity of a grey or white. What can I say, I am a Gemini!
Hope you enjoy this little blog of mine!
P.S. I make a wicked awesome potato soup and Guinness stout cake too!
Hi, i'm jodi!
I am a wife to a railroader, mother to two daughters, caretaker of two Golden Retrievers and a Himalayan cat. I live in a small town with a big heart. I enjoy antiquing, furniture re-habbing, D.I.Y's and painting.