I don't know if I've blogged about my paintings yet. But, I really enjoy painting when I get a chance. It's also a great way to be frugal--you can give a priceless gift to someone while only having spent $10 or so (as long at you don't frame it--then it gets pricey). That's actually one of the reasons I got into arts and crafts--there were things that I wanted that I couldn't afford, so I made them instead!
I've been on a sort of painting binge lately (two in a month is a lot for me) because they had a great sale on canvases at AC Moore over Memorial Day weekend. I finally got around to painting a photograph I had seen in a tractor supply ad. I clipped it a few months ago because it reminded me of my little brother. He's kinda a loner, but really loves animals; the lonesome cowboy and his dogs just reminded me of him. I'm never completely satisfied with my work, but I can look at this painting and not cringe, so it gets my seal of approval. =)
The second painting is for two of my best friends' (Laurie and Chris) wedding. I was so tickled when they got together because I felt like I somehow played a part in it (though, really, I didn't). I had this crazy idea for her: give her a "painting day" that included a lesson and fun girl time with me, Laurie, and our dear friend, Becky (she's gonna hate me for that =D). At the end of the day, Laurie would get to bring home all of the paintings and hang them as a triptych. We each chose a flower to represent us--I chose the iris because it's always been my favorite. Plus, I figured since I'd drawn it so much, it would turn out pretty okay. While Laurie and Becky finished their paintings by the end of the day, I was only half done (actually a third done if you count how much I re-painted). But, I was able to get it done after three more days, and I ended up pretty happy with it. Here's how the three paintings look together: