I LOVE the number three.....I've had three kids (the perfect amount), I'm always grouping items into little cute clusters of threes, there are three strikes before any outages, we are three parts (mind, body and spirit), I have three amazing friends (for whom I am eternally grateful!) there were three stooges and, of course, the Bermuda triangle has three sides, and ummmm.....I have three toes (plus 7 more) and my favorite amount of cookies to eat is three! (or four!)....even God (Who is one) is also...yep...THREE! (but this concept makes my brain hurt) I could ramble on and on about the aesthetic numeric beauty of three, but I will spare you.
Therefore, I have been on a painting kick of threes. When I first started painting, artists would tell me to paint and RE-paint paintings (and as you say "paint and re-paint", say it in a dreary tone of voice) but that sounded SO pathetically BORING. Who wants to repaint a painting? Bleah...
But now....at the wise old age of 3 (3 is how old I currently am in the watercolor world) (Happy Watercolor birthday to meeeee), I am starting to see the wisdom of repainting certain things. With all of my "three" paintings, I definitely have worked the kinks out by the third one.
Here is painting #1....of plopping paint on the page (plopping is such a lovely word) and painting the flowers from the shapes that the original wash makes.
Here is painting #2......a bit better....more thought out and the colors are more cohesive:
See how lovely? Both of these paintings are gone now...one sold, one was a gift....so, I decided to paint the THIRD one....(say "third" with a really exciting tone of voice) and it came out REALLY happy...or rather, it made me happy b/c I like it!
Yes, three is the charm....I've also painted THREE in the treelike series and THREE of my favorite Vietnamese woman (and boy, is there a HUGE learning curve with the woman painting!)
So, if you take home anything from this blog posting, it must be that 3 is a lovely number and in a pinch, you can use it as an "m" or a "w" (when turned sideways).
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I'm a wife and mother of four kids. I homeschool, paint, run, and garden! I am always interested in digging truths out of Scripture. Here, you'll find my thoughts on art, adoption, gardening, mothering, homeschooling, books and whatever else is on my mind. Enjoy!
Creativity doesn't exist in a vacuum - like skepticism, it's a means, not an end. It cries out for a theme. To treat creativity as an end in itself is to assume godlike character for humans as though they could create ex nihilo. -J. Cheane