Saturday, June 13, 2015


11" x 14" oil on canvas

My husband and I go for walks in the evenings, on one of these walks I saw a small, empty 
rum bottle…...nice label…...thick green glass.  I imagined some flowers in it, looking cute on the kitchen table.  My husband is very sweet…he watches me pick up junk and try to get it in my pockets, sometimes he'll carry things home for questions asked.  He knows I have a plan...I love that about him.  I got home, gently cleaned up my new bottle.  I went out on my deck and cut a stem with blossoms off my geranium …voila!!  
Operation Cuteness ...Accomplished!  

I placed the bottle proudly on the kitchen table...…hmmm ….but then this thought occurred to me,
 I have teenage boys.  Will they now feel a positive, fun attitude towards rum bottles….
Are they going to think… loves rum bottles…. 
"lets go get us some rum bottles!"

You know that sound that tires make when they come to a screeching halt?  
I heard that sound in my mind.

So guess what?  It became a great still life subject!

I cut a piece of canvas and pinned it to a cork board ….just a quick painting…no commitment….fosters the "just playing around" attitude while I paint. (which is a great trick for ensuring a painting you'll end up really liking….and wishing you used a stretched canvas, lol)

Moral of the story…..
The less pressure I put on myself…and the more fun I have,
 the more I'll enjoy the finished painting.
I create my best when I'm having fun!

Thank you for looking and reading!  
I hope you have a creative day!

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