Okay! As I promised in the recent blog, I can begin to show you the art work I've completed since April, 2016.
I hope you like it as much as I do.
This past April, 2016, thanks to a gift of acrylic paints, easel, and more from my kids, I began by painting on 4.5 inch x 4.5 inch wood panels. I was new at this, but I thought that maybe I could paint wooden coasters for my husband and I. To my delight, after painting only a few portraits of our horses, my husband said, "You know how to paint!" I can tell you I was as surprised as he was by the results. (I had oil painting lessons as a young child, but I hadn't painted anything in decades.)
Bolstered by his encouragement, I continued to find photos and ideas that our grown up kids might like and painted more coasters. To date I have made 23 beautiful coasters and gifted them to our kids for Christmas
I'd love to show you four here. Apple, in the photo above is my current Morgan. She was very young in this painting. Below you see a fictionalized setting for our former Arab, Duncan. (We were never in the desert.) He's next to my husband's Paint horse, Popcorn. The horse to the far right is my former Morgan, Venture who passed away at several years ago. He and I were buddies for his entire life of nearly 26 years.
I began using inexpensive paint, so I wouldn't use up the good acrylic paints the kids gave me. As a result, in the photos our tiles appear to show some tiny white marks through the paint. We can't see them on the actual coasters. However, as soon as I realized I was doing okay, I started using the good paint. Then, when I moved on from coasters to 16" x 20" stretched canvases I ordered more.
What have I learned from all this?
First, I guess I'm not too old to pick up yet another hobby.
Second, and best of all, it gives me double joy because I love painting and I love to share my work with loved ones. What could be better than that?
If you'd like to, you can leave a comment or ask me a question below. I will respond.
Hugs and Blessings,
Susie E. Caron MA,
Author, Blogger, Podcaster,
Christian, Wife, & Mother, helps build parent-child relationships, 1 blog, book & podcast at a time.
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Just wanted to say that I love your posts about the different ways to connect/relate/understand your child. It has given me a new approach towards understanding my daughter and allowing HER to tell me how she feels instead of me suggesting to her how she should feel. Thanks Susie!