Back in the Saddle Again

Peach Pebble Pepper (c)2011 Dora Sislian Themelis
Watercolor 9×12 Lanaquarelle

So you see, a little moping around can sometimes lead to good things. Write it and it will come, sort of. I was out of it, but it pulled me back in. There’s only so long a slump can last. Mr. Resistance, I am rid of you for the time being.

Shhhhh. I don’t want him to hear me too loudly for fear he’ll show up and bother me again.

As I was saying. The veggie haul was “fruitful” and ended up being quite productive. I don’t know what it was that lured me to paint. The shapes of the produce, the colors, the combinations looking very interesting? What?

I felt bad I ate my still-life subject at the beach that day of the earthquake. Maybe that was it? The peaches in the veggie haul were really pretty. I don’t know, but I found myself reaching for the peach, then I grabbed an interesting looking pepper, and one of those pebbles I was painting a while ago.

After arranging these items in a way that felt good to me, I filled my water contained and started in on this. No pencil sketching, just drawing in the items in watercolor paint. I must admit that when I work this way I sometimes fail to place the painting in the center of the paper. I’ll fix that with a matte when the time comes.

For now I did it. A breakthrough, and the best part is I painted for only twenty minutes. Just enough time to get it together and back on track.

“Back in the saddle again,
Out where a friend is a friend.
Where the longhorn cattle feed, 
On the lowly gypsum weed,
Back in the saddle again.”
by Gene Autry, songwriter 

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Author: Dora Sislian Themelis

As a fine artist, I paint, knit, and make jewelry, to figure it all out.

4 thoughts on “Back in the Saddle Again”

  1. There’s so much going on in my head and around me that if I can spare twenty minutes I can beat back the feeling to do nothing. My painting is freer too, with less time.

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