I have wanted to paint a loon for quite some time for several reasons. My mom is originally from Minnesota, and I seem to love everything about Minnesota (except the mosquitoes!) and loons are common on the ten thousand (or so) lakes in Minnesota. Yes, I think that they are a beautiful, elegant bird. But another reason I like them is that I can be morbid at times; and I sort of connect to their mournful call. The fun side of me also loves that they give their babies rides on their backs!
My love for loons is simple really, but how I ended up painting my Minnesota Lake Loon was not so simple...
I was at Splash! Book and Art Carnival and decided to paint an octopus. I was envisioning an orange octopus in a blue ocean; but I had ordered more paints, and they were different than what I’ve used before.
I have been wanting to paint cardinals for a while, but hadn’t really thought about it lately. But somebody brought it up to my attention because they had some Cardinals in a winter scene on their wall and had always wanted picture of cardinals in the summer to go with it.
My mother-in-law passed away on January 7. Although she fought a three-year battle against gall bladder cancer, she had lived and thrived beyond expectations; and we were blessed that she could meet and fall in love with Ethan, her last grandson. She was the sweetest lady, and I miss her so much.
But as hard as it was saying goodbye, I know that the hope she had of heaven brings us peace. And for us, life goes on; and Spring and new life are just around the corner…
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