"Walking After Midnight" - mixed media on canvas paper, 16" x 20"
Day 17! More malarkey in the moonlight. This red-headed, stilt-legged cutie on a moonlit walk makes me want to sneak out for late night adventure in my pajamas. Once again, I met my goal of 90% without a paintbrush. This is the first time I sponge-painted hair on one of my girls, and I was delighted the way her puffy tresses came out!
This week I am reading Spark Joy, the sequel to The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The more I practice this philosophy (surrounding yourself only with items that spark joy in you), the more I am enjoying my surroundings. But this also means the less I am willing to tolerate anything in the house which doesn't thrill me (including my dog, who is no kidding the most terrible dog on earth - but he will get a free pass just because he's old and grumpy). So one by one, things leave our home with a ceremonial "Thank You" and good wishes for journeys to the great beyond, be it Goodwill, recycling, the neighbor's house or trash. Sometimes, something wonderful comes along to replace it. For example, our silverware drawer has been a hodgepodge of bits and pieces for the last two decades. Enough already! I replaced them with a streamlined, uber modern matching set. Other times, the space previously occupied by something not joy-filled stays empty, like a placeholder for future bliss. And the empty space itself I find soothing and peaceful, unlike whatever was there before, which likely annoyed me in some way.
Just a few days ago, however, I came face-to-face with a huge elephant in the room (well, several rooms): ART. I am a prolific artist, creating something new every day for two months of the year, and a piece every other or every third day the rest of the year. My passion is truly sitting under a double rainbow, because many of these piece sell (HOORAY!), but there are inevitably those that do not. Like the island of misfit toys, these pieces are languishing without someone to love them. And they are taking up spaces reserved for what is percolating in my imagination.
So I am setting up an adoption event for some homeless art which needs love and adoration. At the end of each day's blog post, I will feature one piece. For a small adoption fee (which includes shipping), they will fly to their forever home! And the empty spaces they leave behind will become fodder for a new series of paintings.
Today's Adoption Event: