|"Wishful thinking" by Hilary J. England, 8" x 11" oil on hardwood panel|
This painting was extremely difficult for me, not so much that it was a difficult painting, I just was really cranky throughout the entire process. The heat is definitely taking a toll on me. I despise working with goopy oil paint, with sweat dripping from every pore in my body, and all of it landing in my eyes, LOL. There are also stealthy ants, and other annoyances to deal with. I thought of chucking the whole thing and just going to the beach and laying in a hammock, but my stubbornness got the better of me, and I finished the work. I feel happy to have stuck it out. Quitting things is against my nature.
I thought this painting was very much the flavor of the Riviera, beaches and beautiful landscapes put aside. People walking around leisurely, looking at super expensive items, and longing for them. Lots of people seem to feel that if they acquire that next great piece of jewelry, or fabulous car, or admired work by a master artist, they will be on their way to making it! Although this is not a concept I subscribe to personally, I can understand people admiring beauty and being fascinated with the idea of being able to possess it, so I do not formulate any opinion about peoples love for glitz and bling, haha. It's just human nature.
I am heading out today, to Charvin, to clear my head, and to have some peaceful time. It's thundering today, which is wonderful, because it gives me an excuse not to paint outside! I do need a break, but I am feeling the crunch to complete the larger picture I am required to finish in the next three to four days. It will require some larger brushes than I am currently working with. Hopefully, I won't have to mortgage any family members to purchase them.
So, that is it for today from the beautiful Riviera. More tomorrow, God willing. :-)