Make Waves!

It’s time to stop worrying about what other people think and just have fun!

More finger painting fun with this girlie, and although she’s not quite as loose as the last two I’m still quite happy with her.

Make Waves - original mixed media girl painting - etsy listing

I’m not quite sure whether she’s actually holding a picture with waves on it, or it’s on her dress.

Originally she was supposed to be holding it, but now I just don’t know…

Make Waves - original mixed media painting - detail

I quite fancy her hairdo, which is a freestyle bun type of thing, slightly off to one side.

My own hair is kind of frizzy and never does what I want, so this is definitely a look I could achieve without much effort, but it probably wouldn’t look as good as hers and would flop in my eyes.

Make Waves - original mixed media girl painting - detail

Speaking of frizzy hair – or feeling frazzled…  We’re into the third week off school here, and I think the kids are getting kind of fed up.

(remember we booked our week away at the wrong time & the kids scored an extra week off, so it’s crazy around here right now)

The bickering became unbearable late last week, and my wonderful mother invited them to stay at her place (separately) for a few days.

What a godsend. And no, you can’t have her – she’s mine.

Make Waves - original mixed media painting - detail

It’s amazing how easy it is to care for just one child, when there’s no-one around to bicker with! I can’t believe I thought it was hard work having just the one – what planet was I living on???

(no offense to parents of singletons, it was hard work – but as a singleton myself the bickering was a revelation and a half)

Anyhoo, I need to go break up another fight, I’ll see you all around at paint party friday.
I’ll be the one with the frizzy freestyle hairdo.


Something New..

I’ve been doing a bit of finger painting lately, as part of my continuing efforts to loosen up, have fun and try new things.

Something New - original mixed media girl painting - etsy listing

It seems like every time I do manage to loosen up a bit, I do really well for one or two pieces.

But then I gradually backslide until I’m doing waaay too many hard lines and I begin to lose that impromptu, expressive feel.

Something New - original mixed media painting - detail

I really love the loose, organic feel I’ve found with this piece.

I especially like how the body and red bow or scarf on her head just appeared to me out of the background as I was finishing her face.

Something New - original mixed media painting - detail

The two canvases I’ve done since have moved further away from that feeling, but I’m really quite happy with them, too.

I’ll share them with you later this week and you can tell me what you think.

At the moment, it’s looking as though I need a big sign on the wall, reminding me to just let go & become a loose woman..

Today, I’m linking up with Inspire Me Monday.