"Go to Your Studio and Make Stuff" Fred Babb

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Self Portrait in my Backyard Jungle

I thought I'd start this blog off with an acrylic painting I did of myself in the backyard.

It's true, I shaved a few pounds off from me for the painting, haha - but I tried to keep true to the feeling of my jungle garden.  It's a bit crazy with the huge Giant White Birds of Paradise, the Sambac Jasmine climbing up them and spilling over onto the pool cage.  When it's all in bloom, and the humidity is heavy, the jasmine fragrance engulfs the whole backyard.  Heavenly!

I'm not sure what happened over on the right hand side of the painting, I got a little wigged out with the flowers, but that's what happens when I paint.  It doesn't always turn out as planned. 

I've included my cardinal bird friend Chirpy that has been coming to my breakfast nook window for the last two years to chirp for seed.  I then take it out to him and he sits on my hand to eat.  If you want to see more about Chirpy I have it detailed on my Garden Blog at www.southwestfloridagardener.blogspot.com.  You can link to it over underneath the follow by email area, directly beneath my photo.

I've also included some other friends from the garden including butterflies and snakes.  

I haven't any idea if this blog will be of interest to anyone else, but I've found that writing (in this case blogging) about something I'm working on in my life certainly helps clear my mind and helps me focus.  

I sincerely thank you for stopping by to have a look and welcome your thoughts!  


Janice Day said...

Hi Lynn - I love your self portrait in your backyard jungle. We have so much in common as I too sketch and paint. I feel creativity is a form of expression and works wonders for the soul.

Lynn McIntosh said...

Hi Janice! Thank you, you're so nice! I would love to see your art and I do think we have much in common! I thought having an art blog would help me work more on a regular basis and that if I had a place to post it, it would give me a little push to try and improve my skills. We'll see how it goes! :)