I've been taking painting requests for about 5 months now and this is my 25th painting for this blog. Often people tell me they want a painting but can't come up with anything. I'm always a little taken aback by this.
"Just pick something, where's the problem?"
Cara Lynn Kleid suggested we do a trade. She gives me a request and I give her one. I was immediately thrilled. I absolutely love her work. ...but then I realized that I would have to come up with something for her to make. I suddenly got it... and I had to sleep on it.
Cara's request for me was a bonsai tree. She told me her father recently had a life change and now spends much of his time raising bonsai trees, doing yoga and riding around on his motorcycle.
I love the weird dwarfish, tangley proportions and bends of bonsais. They look like full size trees but off. Wrong...
This has turned out to be one of my favorite paintings that I've made for this blog. And it fell out of my hands very easily. All of the black here is Sumi and India ink. It's painted right on the gesso which is layered with blue paint. I sanded down to the blue and layered again. The green and brown is watered down acrylics.
The painting came so easily and instinctively, I don't know what else to say.
When I receive the piece that Cara is making for me, I will post it and talk about my request then...
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Thank You, Cara.