It wasn't such a good idea.
None of the scenes appealed to me as paintings. The photos I took of my view either had my family or other people in them, or they just work as a photograph.
But then I got involved looking at our family, where we were, what we were doing, family we were visiting with, the youth of my sons and their happy faces, their silliness, and who is gone since then.
Many memories live in the pages of those photo albums and rather than finding inspiration I found a sort of melancholy.
A little book of travel info peeked out of my bookshelf and I found a small photo of a Greek island I'd never been to before. The colors and shapes were pleasing so I went ahead and sketched that scene. It felt good to lose myself in the activity and to shake off the downer.
|Kalymnos ©2012 Dora Sislian Themelis|
12x9 Watercolor, Arches 140lb cold press paper
Done in twenty minutes start to finish, it's a bright, colorful scene with none of the memories.