Sunday, July 5, 2015

THE GARDEN OF MY MIND, 16x20 acrylic on canvas


WHY... do you ask... would I name this painting THE GARDEN OF MY MIND?????  Shall I tell you the answer???

Of course!

Welcome again to my creative place sweet inspiring friends. 

I perceive the garden of my mind to be....
drum roll please....

a childish wonderland of unimaginable lush vegetation, sweet but exotic wildlife and cute entertaining insects of the deepest, richest vibrant colors ever seen any where. 

And now you may ask... why childish?? 

That's because I have been told over and over that all my paintings and artistic creations have a childlike presence about them. 
That's not my goal... but somehow it just happens. 
I create in a whimsical or childish realm somehow. 

I remember, working on my master's degree, one of my professors told me never to lose the childlike quality of my personality. Dear me, I thought... what is she seeing that I don't see. I always thought of myself as very serious and intense.  I have a high IQ too!!!

Slowly I began to realize that I was a bit unusual in that it didn't take much at all to make me happy.  I never desired fancy cars, big houses, or glamorous jewels.  I was also pretty much a loner.  And much like a child... a little kindness, a bit of harmony, some play toys (paints!!), bird songs, butterflies, some spiritual time, a safe place to spend my days... and I'm content.  

I have no idea why my artwork has a childish look about it or why my personality has a childish vibe... but you know what... it's ok. I'm thankful to be the person I was created to be - very much so!


I used a variety of paints and stencils on this project.  Beginning first with the Crafter's Workshop Fern, Art Is and Echoes stencil.

Little by little I kept adding paints and stencils.
Here is see the Crafters Workshop Sunburst stencil added. 

Then began the enhancing of the colors and some detailing.  The last Crafter's Workshop stencil added was the Mini Tiny Circles.  Here is an example... they are in orange!

This is a 16x20 canvas.  

 Here are a few close-ups. 

This was sooooo sooooo soooo much fun and one of my favorite paintings EVER.  It's not perfect... but it makes me smile!!
Hope it brings some joy to you too today because all of you are my inspiration.  You give me a reason to "play".  Hugs j. 

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Sending this Happy Garden to the following Happy Challenges: 


Artist Trading Post

I used the following Crafter's Workshop Stencils. 

You can find these stencil at the link below. 


Scrap Around the World

July Challenge 27 by Pamela Ellis
A Gloriously Optimistic Mood Board

Click Here: Scrap Around the World July Challenge

LOVE this mood board and it inspired me in the following ways:

1. the colors... absolutely love them all - so bright and happy. The background of my painting is much the same colors as the sunrise/sunset picture on the lower left of this mood board. 

2. the flowers - I have two kinds of flowers on my painting and each of them look similar to these... one is in a dandelion pattern like the top left mood board flower and one is rather like the rose at the lower right on this mood board. 

3. I have two butterflies - very contemporary but nevertheless two butterflies on my painting.

Our Creative Corner

Click on this Link: Our Creative Corner Summer Challenge Mexico Moods

MEXICO MOODS - Mood Board is the inspiration. 

My inspiration was the colors! We have a family from Mexico that helps us on the ranch and when they saw this painting... they went wild.  They usually don't react to my artwork at all!!! So... then and there I decided this might be good for OUR CREATIVE CORNER  - MEXICO MOODS Summer Challenge.


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