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Still Painting

I think it’s time to admit that I will not be joining my daughter in Camp NaNoWriMo this month. I just have too much going on and I can’t crank out the words as easily as my daughter can. She’s set a goal of fifty thousand words in the month of April and she already has nearly forty thousand. She will reach her goal. I will let this one pass me by and hope to get back on the bandwagon in July. That’s the next session of Camp NaNoWriMo and by then I will have survived the grueling tie-dye marathon that others call April and May.

So far, I am still managing to do a little bit of painting. While I was in North Carolina, I tried a small landscape. I did it from life, but I did not go out in the snow. I set up my paints on the windowsill of my sister’s cottage and painted what I could see out the window. I was excited about the unexpected snow but, of course, I had never tried to paint snow before. I don’t get too many chances to paint snow in Florida.

Windowsill set-up

Windowsill set-up


I’m proud of this little study because I successfully used my new scumbling brush to create texture on the trees. Look – I scumbled!
Scumbled trees

Scumbled trees


More recently, I’ve been adding to my series of itty bitty paintings of vegetables. Last week, I painted a red onion.
Onion

Onion


This week, I painted three different potatoes (red, russet and sweet) in a blue bowl.
Potatoes

Potatoes


These are not the only things I’ve worked on lately, but the others were studies that have not yet developed into anything I want to share. I get excited when I paint a decent potato and then I try things that are way beyond my skills. In times past, my unsuccessful attempts would have made me give up, but not now. I just keep telling myself that I’m a beginner and I have a lot to learn. Learning takes time. I am going to put in the time. I’ve made a commitment.

Last year, I didn’t publish a single blog post in April, May or June. In July, I committed to posting at least once a week and I haven’t missed a week since. Commitment makes a difference.