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Paint yourself calm? Don't mind if I do.

Paint yourself calm? Don't mind if I do.

Thanksgiving break was exhausting. The baby hasn't been sleeping well—he's been teething and congested—which means I haven't been sleeping well, either. And my toddler was bored and irritable for much of the holiday, picking on his little brother and issuing demands. But I got a little bit of painting and a little bit of writing done, and for that I'm thankful.

After Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, my mom and I escaped into her basement art studio, where she gave me a quick lesson on painting birch trees. It's quick, easy and virtually foolproof. You mask off a few trees, then sponge on paint to your heart's content. Once you've peeled off the masking tape, you paint the trees' shadows and eyes. Then—voila! You have a painting.

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I'd like to try this again with some loose washes underneath the sponged parts. I'm really into loose watercolor washes lately. Blame Jean Haines. After having a solid week of panic attacks earlier this month, I treated myself to her book Paint Yourself Calm.

Below is one of the first exercises from her book, on painting simple landscapes from loose washes. I loved the way it turned out, but thought it could use some darker values, so I painted a second layer of evergreen trees once the first wash dried. And drips! There's something about paint drips that I find irresistible.

When I get a chance, I'm going to make an Etsy store and post these there, so I can (try to) fund my art addiction. 

I hope your Thanksgiving was everything you hoped it would be and more. What are you creating lately? Share your work with me. 

Daily Exceptional Images

Daily Exceptional Images

I'm painting portraits and giving thanks.

I'm painting portraits and giving thanks.