Yesterday I spontaneously decided to paint! AND…this is not watercolor; it is acrylics. I have not used acrylics in a really long time! They are more challenging and frustrating to me than watercolors. AND…it is my first whale painting! So why did I call it “Toy Box Whale”?
Well, there is a reason for my madness. This piece of WOOD used to be the bottom of our son’s toy box. It measures 28″ x 16″. For years it was filled with all of his stuffed animals. When he moved out last year, the box and stuffed animals stayed where they were. A couple of weeks ago I decided to pack up the animals along with other stuff in his closet. Some things were packed, but some were sent to Goodwill.
I didn’t want to get rid of the toy box, though. Years ago I stenciled and painted our son’s first and middle name, a teddy bear, and hearts when he was about two. (That was before I began teaching myself to draw and paint.) My husband suggested keeping that part, so when I took it apart, I decided to keep all the pieces. So I disassembled it and kept everything except the lid. A long time ago the lid broke and couldn’t be fixed. Each piece is thin white plywood. The side and back pieces are framed in a light wood. I am trying to decide what other ocean creatures to paint on those pieces. Perhaps a sea turtle and a jellyfish on the small ones and maybe an ocean scene on the longer piece.
The smaller pieces can be easily hung on a wall because of the cut out handles in the wood frame. However, the whale piece will be trickier to hang, because it is just a flat piece without any wood framing. So until I figure out how I’m going to hang it, the whale is sitting on our keyboard in the living room. (I haven’t played it in a long time.)
Our son’s old room is painted a light blue, so I am thinking of repainting it the same color and then making the room into a sea creatures room. It will most likely take me a long time since I am not done with my writing class yet, though. I really hope to be done with it in a couple of months! I had to ask for an extension on the due date of my story. I added and subtracted text as I was editing it for what I hoped would be the last time, but…now I have to retype it. I am probably going to finish it tomorrow. Then I also have to write the cover letter for an editor as the other part of the assignment. So after days of writing, I decided to paint for a change!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend. We are having beautiful spring weather here. We had a pretty good rain a couple of days ago. It is sunny but cool.
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug. 🙂