|"Skyy" orignal watercolor by Carrie Waller 30" x 20" on Arches 260lb paper|
Here is my newest painting "Skyy". I painted this for my mother and father in-law. They just celebrated their 40th anniversary. I decided to paint a large painting for them for a combines anniversary/Christmas present. I got delayed in starting the painting because our whole family came down with the plague right before Christmas! So I had 6 days to finish this painting. I paint slowly so I was pushing it. I had a conversation with my 7 year old, hoping he would give me a nice little pep talk and assure me that I could get it done in time but the conversation went more like this, Me-"Steven do you think I will get this done in time?" Steven-"Well, Mom you have 6 days and I've seen it take you 2 weeks to get a painting that size done. And you're not even done with the drawing, so, no, I don't think you'll get it done in time." But even with my critic I managed to finish just in the nick of time:)
I named this one "Skyy" because most of the bottles in the painting are Skyy vodka bottles. My in-laws had been collecting blue bottles for me. When it came timer to set this up I thought boy they went through a lot of vodka. But as I was cleaning all of the bottles I started seeing permanent marker notations on the bottles and remembered that these had been confiscated from the dorms at the University where my father-in-law works. So I have a bunch of alcoholic college students to thanks for the subject matter:)
I saw on Annie Salness' blog that she shares what she's listening to while she paints so I'm borrowing that idea because she introduced me to a new podcast that I love, so I thought I would share with the class what I was listening to and watching while painting this painting. Podcasts--Artists Helping Artsits, Alec Baldwin's, Here's the Thing. Movies- "The Family Stone", "It's Complicated"
TV Show--"The Foster's" on Netflix.
I'm already on to my next painting and I can't wait to share it with you. My subject matter is something that will no longer be available in the U.S. soon, any guesses?