After months of second guessing myself on the choice of reference photos, rainbows of colors, techniques and just deciding how to execute this massive size, I can finally say with a huge smile on my face...."I am completely pleased and giddy over this painting!" There are no regrets, if only, or maybes.
I have learned so much about myself in this painting. I was afraid to work with such an enormous size since it's been a while and yet it's my largest ever. I have learned to trust myself with what I know and don't be afraid to try new things. I tell my students that in color pencil most mistakes can be corrected and don't be afraid to try new colors. I've discovered that during the painting while I have engaged in softer and relaxed techniques, so has my life paralleled the painting. I have learned to let go, don't be so critical, I can't control everyone or anything. I can't protect my children forever but I can give them the knowledge of wisdom and faith. Relish the good times and memories. The past can not be changed and the future holds boundless promises and successes if we allow them.
The title of the painting is withheld until the client receives it. (hint...it will be" ___'s Tulips"..the client's daughter's name). I honestly can't wait to see the expression on their faces! I hope they like it.
Now it will be off to making chocolates and cookies for Christmas. It's a tradition I look forward to every year with my kids!