February 8, 2011

Dreaming of summer

Creating an image that evokes my yearning for summer during these dreary February days has been most enjoyable. As my eyes feast upon the brilliant colours, I feel soothed, nourished and replenished. Of course the original painting is much more appealing than the scanned image - an artist's frustration. I like to paint without a sketch so that I can spontaneously choose what comes next. I fell in love with these Japanese paints, half gouache, half acrylic, that spread so effortlessly onto my canvas. I dream of my pattern printed onto cotton and made into a pretty garden party dress. With a cocktail in hand, I mingle with the party guests, laughing, the sun on my back, and breathing in the sweetness of summer.

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