I must be missing Africa. I see leopard spots in my paintings tonight. I was fortunate enough to see eight leopards including three cubs during my recent trip to Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. It’s one trip I can check off from the bucket list but I feel Mother Africa calling me. I guess I’ll add it back as Trip Two to Africa. As for the paintings, Africa continues to inspire me and I think ‘Blue Leopards” is fitting.
Something I like to do at the end of a painting day is to mix all of my remaining paint onto one canvas. I call it “the last pour.” Sometimes it’s awful but most of the time I’m pleasantly surprised at the beautiful painting that emerges. I think tonights is a keeper. It’s still drying so there’s always a chance it won’t dry like the pictures but keeping my fingers crossed.
My friend Linda was visiting from Colorado and asked to see my ‘hammer flower’ technique and so began ‘Pink Flowers in Vase’.
The painting changed quite a bit over time: the vase was smaller and a darker shade of blue, the table was black and there were fewer flowers and less greenery. But I continued to work on it, taking breaks so I could get a fresh perspective, making a few changes at a time. This painting makes me feel happy, and hope makes you feel happy too 😉