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Painting is an expression of one's feelings. It can take you to another place at another time. Art comes from your heart, mind and soul. I hope you will enjoy reading My Diary of a Painter. I write periodically so I hope you will visit often My desire is for you to feel and experience the inspiration that is all around you.
Enjoying The Challenge
I have been looking at this frame for months now.
I loved it when I bought it
and I still love it.
Today, I am ready to put a painting in it
June 15, 2009
I got my paints and brushes out
and have prepared the background
I plan to use.
The original color of the frame
was my guide.
I liked the background I just finished,
until I put them together.
The temperature was wrong.
They fought one another.
I knew it.
I felt it.
I rubbed some warm green into my background,
but it wasn't enough.
I put the frame away for now
concentrating on my design.
My plan was roses and something else.
As I worked my subject grew.
Now it was Roses, Hydrangeas, Grapes, Limes
After the first stage of the painting was done
it still didn't work
with the color of the frame.
I will change the color of the frame.
I decided to wait another day and look at it again.
The next day I liked the frame just as it was.
I love adding the details.
Everything comes alive,
a touch here and another there,
add, take away,
don't be afraid to change,
listen to your feelings,
enjoy the journey.
It may even change again.
I have added more to the design,
a better balance.
It is getting better.
It helps to put it down and
come back with a fresh look,
particularly on this large of a painting.
You see more.
You feel more.
It is still a wonderful challenge.
August 24, 2009
It has been a while now since I have worked on this piece.
The wedding was coming closer
and I needed to work more hours in my gardens.
Amber's reception was to be in my yard.
The wedding is over.
Everything was beautiful,
it is back to my painting.
I finished the quilt block
I promised to Hoot.
it is back to my frame,
the one I set aside.
Today was a great day.
I finished the detail
and with another long look
I decided on something different.
I love the touch of realism..
so, do I set my painting on a surface?
I also love the decorative look...
How do I make it unique and decorative?
The line work and movement I love so much
was the answer.
Take a look and you will see what I mean.
The movement and shape continue to be stronger
with each decorative line,
with each touch of the brush.
I will take another look tomorrow.
It may change again
when I take a fresh look.
Mary Jo Leisure, June 15,....August 24, 2009
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Mary Jo Leisure
103 E. 6th St.
Pleasanton, KS 66075
Phone: (913) 352-6706