I am torturous on paintbrushes. In fact, I probably ruin about half of all the ones I ever buy. The ones that don’t get ruined sit in a cup in the studio covered in old paint. The cement like paint has fused most of their bristles together making them completely unusable. So today’s gift is a gift to me…and the project itself. I set up a table in the backyard with a few cups filled with water and Orange Cabinet Glue Remover. I have been sitting here for a few hours meticulously cleaning each brush. I must have like 40 of them….ugh. I hate cleaning brushes. Some of them can’t be helped. So they are relegated to the trash. As I work I think about how it is something I never want to do for myself. How I usually just go buy new brushes, and spend a lot more money. Then I think….”This is what gifts are all about…” Giving something to someone that needs it, and most likely would not do it/buy it for themselves. Plus the project needs to be done right…and you can’t make good paintings without some decent materials.
This painting is a direct representation of how I feel about today’s gift. I got some “like new” brushes….so I can really go forward on this project. There is something very Zen about starting out with good materials and building a very strong foundation for this project. Things flow better when you have what you need. This painting came together very fast. I would like to rework some of it as I really like it. I want to add a few paper lanterns, some more detail on the tree, and possibly a bird’s nest in the turtle. But this works for now….maybe I will make my idea into a bigger painting. Later.