30 in 30: Phase 2 Week 25: MollyI've painted multiple Maxes, Boscos, and Busters. For the first time, I have a repeating girl name in my repretoire, and what a cute name it is! The Molly above is part of my 30-in-30 series. She is a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier who lived across the street from my parents. This painting represents a few firsts for me: my first acrylic pet portrait, my first painting on a circular canvas, and my first portrait with no visible eyes. I discovered something through the process of painting this Molly: I don't like working in acrylics! In college, I learned to paint using acrylics, and I thought I was terrible at it, so for years I didn't paint. At all. I used to joke and say that I steered clear from "all wet media." But once I tried oils on my own, everything changed. I've used oils, and considered myself a painter, ever since.
Molly and a Blanket on the Chaise
I wanted to use acrylics on a few paintings in my 30-in-30 project because one of my intentions of the project was to challenge myself in different media. I have one more acrylic painting in progress; to be honest, I'm avoiding it like the plague. I might add some collage to it. We'll see. Anyhoo, in my next go-round of 30-in-30, I want to try a color-blocking approach to a portrait. I'll save the acrylics for that....and probably only that!
Now on to the other Molly. This painting was a gift for a friend and colleague. Marissa, the choral teacher at the high school where I work, sang beautifully at my wedding. For free. And then proceeded to give me a wedding gift. I was so touched by her generosity that I wanted to reciprocate with a gift of my kind of art. Thankfully, I know Marissa's mom, who gave me a great photo of their Cocker Spaniel. This Molly portrait turned out to be one of my favorites—the kind you are sad to give up. But Marissa loves it, and that's the whole point. Yay!