Back from the dead

Back from the dead
March 5, 2013 Sue

Well, if you’ve been missing some posts here from the Creative Spark that’s because I’ve been hit with some of this crummy winter illness that has been running around like crazy. And I have to admit, I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. That’s it- I’m done, kick that crap out of here.

Probably the worst part of not feeling well was not even feeling like painting. So when I actually got back to the studio even just to sketch a bit I knew I was on the road to recovery.

Basil leaf Basil Leaf- from the Sketchbook

I used a simple basil leaf from the kitchen to compose a page in the sketchbook here. I also showed how I mixed the green colors that I used. I never use a green directly from the tube, always mix your green to get a more vibrant color and one that resembles nature. We all know that yellow and blue make green but there is an infinite number of combinations to create glorious greens. And let those colors mix and mingle  right on the paper instead of mixing them together on the palette. It looks so much more interesting than just a flat color.

Well, now that I’ve done a bit of sketching I think I’m ready to work on some of those larger paintings that have been calling my name….

Comments (14)

  1. I’m so glad you’re mending and feeling the juice again
    and I love your baby steps back to the studio:)
    Basil….just the thought warms my toes
    and gives me Springy hope.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful gifts
    with the rest of us,
    Jennifer

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Hi Jennifer, so good to hear from you. And your’re right I can feel those creative juices bubbling up once again.

  2. Suzanne McRae 5 years ago

    Sue, I am so glad that you are starting to feel better.

    Your watercolour is beautiful and sketching. Something I must do also for my painting class which I have barely touched upon. Enjoy getting back to your larger paintings. I look forward to seeing what you will be creating.

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      Sue 5 years ago

      THanks Suzanne, I’m so glad to be getting back to normal too. I’d love to see some of your sketches too, please share.

  3. Aureal Williams 5 years ago

    Green is a colour of healing. A fusion of body, mind and soul permeates what you share!

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Hi Aureal- love hearing how color relates to us. THanks for sharing that info!

  4. Kate Sciandra 5 years ago

    Lovely color mixing. Nice way to ease back in to your work.

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Kate, thanks so much for stopping by. I’ve been taking it slow this week but looking forward to getting back to my routine!

  5. Robin Heim 5 years ago

    So, so glad to hear that you are feeling better. That ick has been traveling around and around –> it’s horrid! Take care, creative friend!

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Thanks Robin! I’m so glad to be back on that creative road.

  6. Michele Bergh 5 years ago

    After two full weeks, I’m finally on my way back too. The worst part of it for me was reading a title to someone’s post about what if it was your last day here and realizing I had no strength or will to do anything different than I was doing and it wasn’t very pretty. So glad you are painting again and I’m enjoying a few blog posts here before heading off to bed!

  7. Amy Putkonen 5 years ago

    You so nailed it, Sue! I love this color. This is almost the exact color of my eyes. Technically, they are called “hazel” and not green, but there is a lot of green in them. My daughter has the exact same eye color as me too. You totally got this color exactly as it is. Good job!

  8. Sandy King 5 years ago

    I love that you were sick and tired of being sick and tired. Not funny , but we can all relate to that sometimes. And you know how much I love your work :)… so glad you’re back at it. You inspire me ….

  9. Deborah Weber 5 years ago

    Hope you continue to be feeling ever better Sue. Love your basil study and the color play. It’s wonderful to have an artist’s eye and be able to catch the nuances. And now I’m wanting pesto for dinner. 😉

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