I wanted to call this one "Needle Pulling Thread" but I hadn't painted a needle. I am tortured by coming up with titles! I painted a smaller version of this one last year (5" x 5") but wanted to do a series of three that had to do with sewing, so I'm using this one again. Inspired by my hand made brass scissors, (will post that one later this week), I prepared three panels for this
theme. I'll likely do more for this series as one thing leads to another and I have ideas that I'd like to follow through on.
Maybe it's that we changed our time this weekend (losing an hour...sigh) but I am thinking Spring, gardening, flowers, etc. and came across this painting that I did in June of 2011. I had my fill of painting them then but I'm so ready to
paint anything floral again. I hear that we're going to have a significant snowfall this coming week so maybe I'll start prepping canvases and go to my happy place : > ).
Generally there are so many photos to be inspired by, that I don't often do repeats but this painting was one of the first few I did when I started these small formats. I was curious to see how it would compare to the first one done about a year and a half ago. I didn't strive to make it different from the first. This is simply how I painted it now within my comfort zone. And lo and behold, it is significantly different. I have adopted this more painterly approach after almost 100 small format paintings and am pleased to have evolved. This was the point after all.
This is Zoe. She came to us last July through a local rescue organization and although she seemed to adjust quite quickly, I can truly say she is ours now. We know her well after these eight months and she is quite comfortable being around us. The photo I used for the painting may not have been the best to use as her eyes (which is what drew me to her in the first place) seem unnaturally wide. But I know this won't be the only portrait I will ever do of her so I'll just move on.