Color study today with a couple favorites that I use all the time: Permanent Violet Dark, Iridescent Copper Light (Fine), and Titanium White. I love mixing metallics with purples and pinks and reds. It adds richness to a metallic that may be too yellow for the occasion, or just a touch of sheen and calmness to a brighter color. I do it all the time in my paintings, so I wanted to have a permanent record on hand of these two tones together.
I’ve been in an interesting mode lately. My mind is shifting, my priorities are shifting. And it’s all in a good way. I recently read posts by @meredithcbullock
about her stepping back from painting and just focusing on being a full time mother. It resonated so much with me. I feel pulled all the time to be this “successful person”, but what is success, really? Before you start to worry, no I am not stepping back from painting. But I have stepped back from social media a bit. I have wasted so, so many hours just doing nothing except scrolling through. I love to see what everyone is creating, but there is a point when it gets in the way of living my own life and taking care of what needs to be taken care of right here and now. .
So I’ve started becoming more present in my own house. I am reading aloud to my kids every day, I am reading books for myself, I am getting outside, I am doing things that need doing. It’s so freeing. Once you put down your phone and take a break for awhile, you realize what a slave you had become. I am choosing to not be enslaved. I am choosing to live life, to make memories, to build up my children, and to let them remember me not as a distracted mother but as a present, encouraging, instructing, and loving one.
This really needs a full blog post to get out all of my thoughts about this topic, but we’ll call it good for now.😊