I first started this painting by setting the cantaloupe beside my beautiful tulips, freshly picked from my garden. Proud that something I planted actually grew and wanting to paint the way the light hit both so beautifully. But as always in those days time got the best of me, with three children under the age of ten, and did I mention that digital photography had not been invented yet. No time to sit and paint from life, and had to wait sometimes weeks to get the picture printed. I finally got around to painting about a year after taking the photo. At the time with so many other things taking priority I was not so confident in my oil painting skills. So I started, but didn’t finish. As a matter of fact didn’t get back to it till another year later. When the urge to paint hit me I finally picked up the sadly discarded painting and went to town. Just feeling the paints do their magic I was surprised to see everything come together in less than an hour. All that time I had avoided the sad little painting fearing I couldn’t do it. Only to finish in a flurry. Moral here is don’t let doubt control your painting ability. Walk away if you have to but you can create beauty if you only believe.
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