Dare to Be Yourself
8 x 10 inch (25 x 30 cm) Mixed Media Painting on gallery-wrapped Canvas
Do you remember this painting from it's first two versions? She seemed finished in the first version, but only for a few days.
But I was keeping the painting in the living room and every time I looked at it, there was something missing.
I kept her pretty and tame and safe, but I really wanted to add more depth. So, here she is after her transformation. She may have been prettier before, but now she feels "herself" to me!
Someone in my family asked me today why I paint women and why only women. I had to honestly say that I don't know. It's pure inspiration and I guess when I'm done with women, I'll know.
For now they fascinate me - so representative of heart, strength, creation, compassion, endurance and courage. If you had told me just two years ago that I'd feel so fulfilled not only painting but painting women, I would have called you crazy. Funny (and good) how life can change, isn't it?
P.S. Daniel and I are watching DVDs (Netflix) from the PBS series "Colonial House," where a group of 21st century people live like a community of 17th century British colonists in the US. It's so interesting! Have any of you seen it? A whole new look at the difficulties of the "simple" life.