Thursday, May 2, 2013

Grooving... a little bit.

I sketched out my Alice in Wonderland, Alice painting before I left on vacation.

Alice, I drew her first and then the rest of the canvas around her.

I've started wondering if my having a rather long face has led to me constantly drawing faces a little too long, that perhaps should be more round? But when I go to try and fix it, it always looks wrong to me. I can't decide if her face looks too long or not at this point.

The full rough sketch on the canvas. I'm only trying to decide if a window or two should be on the tree as well, or if I should stick with my original intention of ivy winding up it with some flowers. I'm torn. I might just put one small window in as a compromise. This is on an 11x14 canvas, fine tooth - even though that still makes for a rough sketch. I want to try boards since they're so smooth, and I have them, but I haven't had the guts to do it yet!

My son brought his bunny in for approval. Fortunately, we're good to go.  Smoke, the bunny, was very interested though. He does enjoy hopping around my studio sometimes while I'm working.

I was all ready to jump in and paint, but I knew I couldn't start if I was going to be gone for a week, so it stayed on my easel, all alone. Well, I'm sure my cat visited, but I wasn't there to paint it!

When I got back, I had lost my mojo. Now I'm just starting to ease back into it. I forced myself, after working on other "projects" for my studio, to finally just start painting the sky in. I mean, worst case scenario I can always repaint that part. It helped. I'm ready to paint today, now!

So, once I get my walk in with Lily (I've been walking her every day for two miles, and she simply loves getting out), I'll be all set to dig in!

From our walk yesterday. Lily is a year old now!
We're having such lovely weather right now, in the mid-70's (although it actually hit 81 degrees yesterday!) The buds are starting to come out on the trees, and flowers are thinking about coming out. Spring is always very slow here, in Vermont, but once it really gets rolling, it's fabulous!

How's the weather where you are? Are you seeing flowers and headed outside to play in the sun, or snuggling inside while it's cold?


  1. What a cute puppy! I bet you are both enjoying the walks! I had to look closely at the bunny! I didn't think it was real! LOL! I like Alice's face ;o) But, you have to do what is right for you ;o) Everything is blooming here and turning green ;o) Take Care ;o)

  2. LOVE the pic of Alice and the bunny-how apropos!
    Alice is simply stunning--

  3. On Friday it was 94 degrees! Too freakin' hot! We're in for a sticky Summer, unfortunately :(

    Your sketch is looking great! So much fun to see how your work progresses....good, too, that a bunny was on hand to approve the whole thing for you :)

  4. Before I read your post, I thought she had the most beautiful face! I didn't think it was long at all. A more rounded face would make her look like a child if that was your intention? :) I know how you feel about starting a painting knowing you have to leave it and then coming home after a break and finding the flow has stopped! I'm sure your mojo will bounce back in a trice!xx


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