Labor of Love – Painting!

So… my oldest has officially inspired me to start painting again.  I think it’s been… over 10 years since I’ve actually sat down and painted anything serious on an actual canvas.  Finger painting with toddlers – yes!  But actually sit down, sketch out a portrait and landscape, do all the colors and shading and back-painting a real painting requires?  Nope.

That actually changed today, and I sat down and painted a rather large sized canvas of my oldest (because he’s the one who has inspired me to paint again 😀 ) when he was about 2 years old.

This is what happened today:


It just took the afternoon, and it’s going to be a gift to my sweet Mom… I had to keep stopping to tend to the kids and then to make dinner 🙂  but wow was it fun to paint again.



I used to draw portraits in high school for fun… and then my friends started actually paying me to draw them.  I could never draw (or paint) faces of people, even though I tried a lot growing up… until finally something “clicked” when I was 17, and suddenly, it made sense in my brain and I was able to draw them.


Honestly, this felt so relaxing and was so easy tonight.  I think I’m going to make it a point to paint more LOL.  I forgot how enjoyable it was…. 🙂

All the tiny little details, the millions of leaf prints and different shades of green and blues… it does take some time, but it is so worth it to make all the little leaves.






  1. wow … you are really very talented. i’ll connect you on fb with someone else who draws and paints – i think y’all would enjoy each other’s work 🙂

  2. @Linda, I think it comes from my mother, she was a really great artist. I think it’s so cool that things like that can actually be passed down. So interesting. And thank you 🙂

  3. @Ame I don’t really have any “work” to show anyone lol. I’ve lost anything I did growing up – even my beloved sketch book I had in high school… it’s maybe in our storage but I haven’t searched for it like ever.

    I do love to look at other people’s art though! Thank you for connecting us 🙂

  4. @BecomingHisTapestry, thank you 😀 I was really surprised that it wasn’t that hard even after so many years of literally not painting anything remotely like this, but then I think I did make a few mistakes :/ it’s hard to see your own art the way maybe other people would see it.

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