During such times I like to look for the beautiful things in life, so although spring and summer may not like me, there are lovely things during these seasons that bring such joy to my days and bring a smile to my face. I love the quote that says:~
"When life gives you lemons,
Roses would have to be one of the joys of these warmer months. I have already been picking the beautiful blooms of "Remember me;" "Appreciation;" and "New Dawn." The climbing "Jane McGrath" soft pink buds are about to burst into perfection and the pretty "Pink Splash" carpet rose, a gift from Wendy who comes to art classes is trailing beautifully over our terraced wall with it's first flowering. Without a doubt there is always beauty for ashes and there is always sweetness to find when things seem bitter.
Sweetness has come to the studio this week with me finally finishing the canvas of "Remember me." I left her sitting on the easle for quite a few weeks not quite knowing what was missing, then it dawned on me. The most beautiful time of day to see a rose and smells it's perfume is in the morning when the dew is still on the petals and leaves, so with that now taken care of, here she is:~
I tried something new for the background of this piece. First I scraped rose pink/black/opal down the canvas using an old atm card, then when that was dry I used a 'shammy mop' and flicked warm white all over it. Not sure how professional this procedure is, but I just loved the result, so for all you budding artists out there, give it a try ~ it really was fun!
The studio is up for a busy couple of months and before you know it Christmas will be here when we will be decking the halls and spreading the love! It really is my favourite time of year, but more about that next time..... The ladies who come to class are all busy finishing off projects, Kath's 'Ducks a wandering' are just beautiful, so take a look at 'Studio Peek' under classes and 'Gallery' on http://www.gardenterracestudio.com.au/ to see what we have been up to lateley. Don't forget I would love to paint that special piece for you to decorate your own home or to give as a gift...OMG only 47 shopping days to Christmas:))
So, until next time, enjoy making lemonade.