I’ve had my paints out a lot more recently. Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 4.29.21 PM

After a few months working on floral artworks for my next two books I suddenly longed for the fluidity and inventiveness of watercolor.  I set up a card table with a white board on top in my office and set out all of my paints and brushes. Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 4.29.46 PM

I didn’t use it for anything but storage and printing when we first moved in because I needed to be in the same space as my babies. Then the other day it suddenly occurred to me…I can actually use my office! It’s like our house grew a new limb. I’m so excited to find a perfect painting desk and make the room a little more homey. It’s already cute because it’s an attic, but it feels cluttered and a little drab to me. I saw a faux bamboo BRIGHT green lacquered desk the other day and I may just go back for it. It reminded me of the Moon Maiden. Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 4.30.12 PM

Best of all, I think taking a break from my painting may have made me a little better at it. Or perhaps it was learning to paint with petals and figuring out what works with color and form. I don’t know. It’s as if the painting part of my brain needed some farrow ground or needed to “sleep on it.” I mean I’ll be honest I’m not, like, the best painter in the world or anything, but there are less and less absolute wrecks in between the good ones :)Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 4.30.31 PM

My dream has always been to paint some pretty scenes for my chapter book. Will that thing ever see the light of day? Time will only tell. But I feel just that much closer.Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 4.30.49 PM



68 thoughts on “Painting

  1. Absolutely amazing Bridget, makes me encouraged to paint again, but I have shaky fingers these days,then perhaps that might a new touch.

  2. So pretty!! I wish I could paint, but I’m stuck seeing everything in black and white. Color confuses me. My favorite is the next to last one… the colors are just… ahhh I can’t handle it. Love <3 <3 <3

  3. I do think there is something to taking time away from a craft and letting your unconscious do some work. Wonderful paintings.

  4. Love the greenhouse and the moon painting! I’ve been trying out watercoloring but its such a difficult medium to figure out D:

  5. Wow. Your works are really beautiful. I am a self-taught artist too. I haven’t tried painting on the canvas yet so that is my goal for now. I love your style of illustration. Really brings out the beauty of your works

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