Mother’s Day can be challenging. My mom sent me a picture a few weeks ago and asked me to create something similar, and I thought, ‘there is no way, that takes a technique I don’t have.’
But I really wanted to do this for her as she does and has always done so much for me. So I procrastinated.
And was very productive in my procrastination.
Last weekend, I decided I should at least prepare the canvas, so I laid down a super-thick base of gesso to get the tooth out of the canvas and I painted the it black. And then I procrastinated some more.
Friday night, I was so tired, but I knew I needed to try. I decided that since I couldn’t do the precise technique used in the painting, I could use a stencil brush to do some stippling and that would blend things nicely wet-in-wet. Funny story, all the sketching I have done has paid off in learning perspective and I nailed it.
The main part of the painting was complete!
This morning I blended and added Thalo Gold for the luminous street lamps.
I am proud as hell of this painting and realized on completion how happy I was to be challenged in this way. I really didn’t think I could do it and my mom knew I could and asked me to do it for her.
Now, the funny part of this is that I really wanted to give credit to the artist who created the original painting that intrigued my mom and got this whole thing started, but in doing a Google Image Search, it comes up with no artist and for sale at lightinthebox.com. It felt a little anti-climatic.
Either way, take a minute today to thank your mom for being a challenge.