During the holidays I found myself (briefly) in rather foul mood, and went straight for the art supplies to bring me back to happy. I hadn't painted in ages, so I grabbed a 5x5 gesso board, some brushes, red/yellow/blue paints and got started.
This was one of those "it's about the journey, not the destination" moments, so I just started with the blue I had chosen, and painted a bar across the top of my board - which ended up looking like a stormy sky. So then I decided to draw a person in a yellow raincoat with a red umbrella. I have told myself for years that I can't draw - and after this exercise I've decided that while I'm not the word's best draw-er? With some practice I should be able to do more than stick-figures.
The only bummer was that apparently my girl was wearing man-boots. I put a few layers of white paint over them, and called it a day. (which turned into weeks!)
Last weekend I took the boys down to Eugene for a super quick visit with my family, and on the way out the door I thought - "if there is someone who can help me navigate the bad boot thing, it will be my sister!" So I tossed the little board, some brushes, white paint, modge-podge and Christmas paper scraps in bag and brought it along.
**Just before the holidays I bought two packages of printed newsprint at Packaging Specialities that were so great! Each package had three sheets of paper with different designs on each side. I ended up using the one with a forest scene on it for some of my gifts since it was the most festive, and still had a few small pieces left - the back of which had rain on it! **
So, with some guidance from my sister my umbrella-girl got striped tights, the right shaped legs & boots, and some rain. All that's left to do is to ground her (she looks like she's floating), and perhaps blur the border between the sky & rain with a few clouds?
For now, this is what I've got - and I really love it!