Turquoise Nest NM
11"X 14" oil on gallery wrap canvas.
New Mexico Turquoise is a much beloved
and prized gemstone and its color
is reflected everywhere, here in New Mexico
...leading up to why
I want to add a turquoise colored nest
to my Avian series.
I have not been painting due to my hubby
having his second heart attack
just over a month ago which has left his heart
and our routines totally changed.
The good news is
he is a man with a lovely disposition
which makes everything nicer
and easier for me.
I am getting back into the studio
for one or two hour blocks of
emotionally important time.
I am always amazed at how difficult it can be
to get back into the flow.
Fortunately, I had started the study before
the, you know what, hit the fan!
The above nest is a study for a larger painting.
When I say larger...
how about 30"X 40" For me that is huge!
Below is the unfinished one.
I started the large one with the intent to complete it
for a show I was having, back three years ago,
when I unfortunately tore my meniscus and
had to put it on the back burner.
Since then, the house went on the market,
the beloved studio was cleaned out
and this was put into storage.
When coming back to a painting already started
I find doing a smaller study
helps me get back on track.
The paint quality of the background
on the large one consists of thin washes
of colors and I had to
figure out if I should glaze, texture or both.
I did both on the study.