As most of you may know I’m a Color Expert in Charlotte and design color palettes for the homes here in South Charlotte. Many of you don’t know that I also paint.
I’ve been oil painting since I was 10 years old and tried every paint medium under the sun. I’ve chose acrylics as my favorite.
During Christmas week I has some time off and wanted to paint. As I reached for a certain paint brush needed to work on my painting I looked at all my pathetic brushes and was just so grossed out. They were old, chipped, stiff, broken or not the size I was looking for to get the look I wanted. I didn’t want to run to Michael’s because it was just too far away and I would have been unmotivated by the time I came back. So what’s an Artist to do? Improvise.
Just like in Interior Design a good Designer will have plan A, B, C and a REALLY well seasoned Designer will also have plan D stored away just in case. Well I resorted to plan D and came up with a new tool – my fingers.
Yes folks I looked at my paint, looked at my hands and went for it without hesitation! The fingers when right in the paint and onto the canvas in two seconds flat. As my fingers went swooshing in the paint and swirling on the canvas I was elated! “This is so much fun!”
After a few minutes I looked at the canvas, I looked at my fingers and just started cracking up! “My God I’m finger painting at 51 years old!”
I am shocked at myself after reviewing my painting in the last two weeks. I totally changed my style. How does that happen after a lifetime of painting one way? Who did this? I have no idea how this happened but to me, it’s nothing short of a miracle. I finally found a way of painting to call my own, like no one else and it feels good, so good, amazingly good!
The other day I posted this painting on Twitter and Google Plus and two of the comments compared my paintings to Monet and Degas. I literally almost fell off my chair! Did my finger painting just get compared to two of my all time favorite Masters? Maybe subconsciously that is where my influenced creeped in. Who knows how this stuff works?
I actually wanted to put a few highlights in her hair and just a few more finishing touches but after painting for 51 years I know NOT to go back and fuss on a painting. Just leave it alone. So here is my favorite painting to date, The Bride.
So I’m just beaming beyond belief with my new-found painting self and I’d like to share some of my new master pieces with you. They are also for sale in my new Etsy shop but I will not be putting The Bride up for sale just yet.
Thank you so much Barbara. It’s probably one of my best paintings ever.
Absolutely Beautiful Donna!
Thank you so much! I can’t wait to paint more 🙂
Beautiful Donna. Let me know when you want to sell “The Bride”. 🙂
I’m putting The Bride up for sale today on Etsy for $350 which includes shipping in the US. If you want her, please let me know before she goes live. You’ll be envied by so many admirers of that painting!
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