Tom Jr. gave me a most unexpected Father’s Day gift this year – some paint brushes, two, very small canvases and a drawing pad.
It’s his direct challenge to me to begin creating art again and tap into a pseudo painting talent of mine that has been on hiatus for almost 16 years. The painting shown here is called ‘Grey Day’. It’s 36″ x 48″ – a nice, big canvas. That’s much more my painting style. At least, that was my painting style as this is the second-to-last one I completed before Catherine was born.
Catherine will turn 16 in July. So yes, it’s been a while.
It’s not so much that kids and sports and endless activities got in the way. I’ve always told everyone that we literally ran out of room in our house for me to paint. What used to be my painting room was converted into a downstairs bedroom. From there, it became my office where I now sit here and type – though I haven’t been doing too much of that recently, either. In reality, part of the problem was that my paintings were getting tighter and tighter.
On the flip side, I really enjoyed doing paintings like this one …
This was one of my spill paintings. I would airbrush the canvas – in this case, a light purple. Then I went in with a palette knife and attacked the canvas, glopping on a variety of colors in random strokes, putting the acrylic on thick. I’d let dry overnight and then come back with some oil-based house paint that I would literally spill onto the canvas and then hold it up a bit and let it drip. Repeat process until it felt right.
Those were fun.
Now, I have these two tiny blank canvases.
They are calling my name. I didn’t hear them at first – I’ve been too busy doing other summer-related activities. But tonight, Catherine had a rain-out in softball. I haven’t posted a blog for several days because I truly have been out almost every single evening and when I haven’t been, I’ve been too tired from the day’s activities.
But tonight, in just a few sentences, I’m done with words.
I’m going to pick up the drawing pad and see what comes out.
I may not begin the painting tonight.
But the process has begun.
Where it goes remains to be seen.
It’s time to renew.