PERFECTLY IMPERFECT-I may not be the best at what I do, but Nobody has MORE fun trying than I do! :)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Elephants and Playing

The Inspire Me Thursday challenge this week is elephant, so I'm sharing a small watercolor painting that I did. It came out of one of my quirky doodle sketches. I was "playing" with colors intuitively. Playing also ties in with the creative every day theme for January.

The little guy below was half of a salt/pepper set. He was in a box of "stuff" that my dad bought at an auction. I confiscated him to give to a friend who collects elephants, but he didn't want to leave my house, so I had to find her another elephant at a flea market, which she seemed to like.

He's been sitting on the window sill over my kitchen sink for years now. The cork stopper is gone and he has 10 cents marked in black on the bottom. Somehow or other his toes have gotten chipped off since he's been here. There's just something about him that endears him to me. What can I say?
I've gotten off to a slow start creatively so far this year, but I'll eventually get back on track. So far I've written a page in my 14 x 17 sketchbook and collaged another page, played with the mp3 player that Santa brought me, designed a new banner for this blog, taken some pictures, and done quite a bit of creative thinking.

I'm thinking that I'm going to have to clean off my work area (see previous post...only it looks worse now) before I can get much done though. Things are piled up so high that they're beginning to slide off. I bought some of the large red storage envelopes from Dick Blick to hold my drawings, paper paintings, etc. I just haven't put them to use yet.

I didn't make any resolutions this year. I make the same ones every year and I never do them, so I didn't bother this time. I am making a list of goals that I would like to achieve creatively though, even though Jim is retiring in Feb, and our lives will change drastically again. We'll see how it goes. :)


Kirsten said...

Your watercolour elephants are beautiful!

soulbrush said...

these are gorgeous, isn't it strange how we keep one littlething forever just for it's sentimental value? good luck with the retirment.

Crafty Green Poet said...

your elephants have such mischievous eyes!

s.l.greek said...

this elephant painting is great, it has a real playful quality to the overall feel of the piece. and i really enjoyed the background story to the piece. it touches my heart and soul. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours!

Alberta and Ava said...

Don't you find working from intuition to be so liberating? I'm such a planner, that it's hard for me to give myself permission to rely strictly on intuition, but the results always surprise and please me. Your painting is such a whimsical, happy piece. The delicacy of the coloring makes me feel joyous and light.


Carla Sonheim said...

I really love these elephants!!

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi sharon!
i have been enjoying getting caught up on all of your entries! i love them all and these elephants are wonderful!