|The Night Approaches 8x10 |
I think this may be the 4th "lady in red" painting I've done now. Something about that color and of course the gorgeous gowns. This one is an 8x10 oil on traditional canvas and will look great in a beautiful ornate frame! Someone recently suggested that I make a series of three and I think I may do that. Just have to decide whether to change the pose, the dress, or the background.
So, here I am in Ventura...I do love being near the water and the weather is absolutely perfect...seriously! I have friends and family close by (well...2 hours or more, but close enough) and have been having a lot of fun boating, going out, meeting new people, and just living. Over the last 4 years, after going back to Weaverville (I moved away for a year and got my cosmetology license), I haven't been living life. I hadn't wanted to go back there and only did because my husband worked there and said he'd be retiring very soon. I couldn't wait to get out of there! Of course, I do miss a few things about my old home in Northern California. Besides my mom and dad, a few close friends, and my dog (I miss him so much), I miss the clean air and no traffic (the people seem nicer too...maybe just more relaxed). I guess there's a reason people retire to the country. Maybe if I was with someone else...maybe then I could live anywhere, the beach or the country, maybe both! Yes, I'm a dreamer...but you can probably see that in my some of my paintings.
I'm really so much happier without him and after 15 years I feel so alive and free! Not sure if I'll be staying in Ventura...probably not, but for now it's working and I am having a great time getting to know my brother as an adult, and not the mean guy who used to tease me when we were young!
My birthday is on the 14th and I'm going to celebrate big time! I'm actually celebrating all month long! For the last 15 birthdays I maybe got 2 or 3 cards and never even got a "happy birthday" from the man that supposedly loved me. He didn't believe in birthdays...just another day. No gifts, no dinner, no nothing. Now I feel like a fool for not leaving after the first time that happened. I'm definitely not going to make that same mistake again. If anything this has taught me not to settle. I'd rather be alone than that.
So really, no matter what I do, it will be the best birthday I've had for 15 years!
I'm still working on some local scenes of Ventura, then Santa Barbara, and the South Bay. I also want to do some of Malibu. Endless inspiration around here! But my plan is to get at least 5 to take around and maybe get in somewhere local.
Here's the one I did of Ventura from the cross. It's an 18x24 inch on traditional canvas
|Ventura View From The Cross |
Thanks again for listening to my ramblings...until next time! I hope you're enjoying your summer!