Getting back into painting

I am having a hard time getting back into painting, drawing and such.  After two and a half years of taking care of my daughter, I now find myself with time to do the things I want to do; but the funny thing is that I keep procrastinating for some reason.  Maybe I am just out of the habit.  So I am slowly getting into doodling, painting, art journaling and doll making again.

Tonight, I doodled a page in my sketchbook full of flowers that I might get my watercolor pen brushes out and add color to.  I have a tentative sketch for a painting–not on canvas but on gessoed paper.  I found a video of a person painting koi fish and I think I will try to do the same painting for practice.  Here is the video:

I really enjoyed her style and the ease with which she painted this painting.  I know my own will be no where close to hers, but I think practice is good and if I keep practicing daily, I will have to get better.

I also have been watching videos about art journaling and I am intrigued by the concept.  There are so many different kinds of art journals to choose from.  I haven’t decided what exactly will be my journal yet, but I am determined to get started.  Again, practice can only improve my skill set, so why not?

I watched several “Bob’s Blast” videos by Robert Burridge.  I love his use of color and the spontaneity he exudes.  His paintings are not really my style, but when you see them you just feel his energy and the fun he had making them.  I think he has several tips to teach me and I am willing to learn from him.

Anyway, that’s what is happening here.  In my next post, I will finish the story of my daughter’s transplant saga so I can be done with it here.

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