Unusual Combination – Bones and Roses

Bones and Roses

Bones and Roses

I want to paint more often. When I don’t paint I get grouchy. I feel out of sorts. Another thing that happens is I have a problem getting back to painting if I stay away too long.

It is strange. Sometimes when I have time to paint, I don’t.  It is as if I have to overcome a fear of failure, a fear of not being able to paint the way I did before. I find myself coming up with every excuse in the book to not paint. I have to do the dishes or pay the bills or go to the store or…… Does this happen to anyone else?

Anyway, I finally got my act together. I grabbed some things from around the house and yard. I put together a still life. It isn’t your normal still life. It is a combination of old vertebrae from a cow (don’t remember where I got them), roses from my garden, and an old antique wooden box.

I love to draw and paint bones. I guess I have been influenced by Georgia O’Keeffe.  I have family members that painted bones also. My great-aunts, Maisy and Elsie, used to do paintings of cow bones and skulls they had gathered from the Arizona desert.  My grandmother, Merle, used to make necklaces out of rattlesnake bones also. Guess I come by it naturally.

Anyway, I finished the painting above and I wanted to share it with you. Now the ideas come rushing in. I can’t wait to start another painting project. Getting into the studio and finishing a painting seems to have lifted a great weight off of my shoulders, my heart, my mind.  It felt great to hold the paintbrush in my hand again and to lose myself in the form, shape, texture, and color.

Hope you don’t mind the short post, I want to get back to the studio. Hope you have a creative Monday!

By the way, if you click on the image above it will take you to my website on Fine Art America.

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