Upon the Sky

 |  March 21, 2012

Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes,
Art is knowing which ones to keep. -Scott Adams

Upon the Sky
acrylic mixed media
14×18 inches

Much like the rest of the country, it has been HOT here this week. I’ve been trying to steal moments in the studio here and there all week, but finally got to paint for a few hours this morning. The heat and stealing moments is not conducive to painting in encaustic, so I have returned to acrylics for now. Which is a nice change. I think after creating all those paintings for the show in a short period of time, I really needed a change in gears. Sometimes you just need to shake things up.

I had actually been feeling sluggish and unmotivated, which is very unlike me! I was a bit worried, but knew that these things happen and it would pass. But it took an “OH NO!!!!” moment to make it happen.

I had pulled out this canvas which had been prepared with the image transfer of the trees and had it leaning on the floor against my easel. This canvas has been waiting for me to paint it for several years now. Not even exaggerating. So last week, my 2 year old daughter was painting with watercolors at her easel and decided to paint a big brown blob on top of the branches.


I jumped and exclaimed “OH NO!! That is Mommy’s painting!” and I proceeded to wipe away the brown paint….and then I slowed down and looked. “Oh. Yes. Hmmmmm. Interesting…”

This morning, when I finally had studio time, I finished it. And I have my 2 year old to thank.

another detail
I have been really into scribbling lately.


  1. by Lynn on March 22, 2012  5:15 am Reply

    Beautiful painting and lesson!

  2. by Jennifer on March 22, 2012  5:27 am Reply

    What a great story! Leave it do the children to know what's right.

    Can't say that I let my 5 yr old twin girls into the studio while I'm working though so I admire you do. My girls would be WAY too much of a distraction and my studio is my sanctuary.

  3. by Judy Shreve on March 22, 2012  6:40 am Reply

    Bridgette - what a great story and a beautiful collaboration! I love the dreaminess of this piece. I want to just climb in and sit for a while . . .

  4. by Kathryn Dyche Dechairo on March 22, 2012  7:47 am Reply

    I love how a suggestion or action of another can inspire us. Love that piece, I felt myself being drawn in as I was looking at it.

  5. by Meri on March 22, 2012  1:41 pm Reply

    Just pinned you on my Pinterest "Friends' Blogs" Board.

  6. by Hashi on March 22, 2012  1:52 pm Reply

    This is awesome! I LOVE the finished piece!

  7. by Carole on March 22, 2012  7:55 pm Reply

    Nice "blobs" Bridgette! Cute story.

  8. by windrock studio on March 22, 2012  8:43 pm Reply

    Bridgette, is this a new header? It has such a strong look to it ... and I love your softness in the trees.

  9. by Leslie Avon Miller on March 22, 2012  11:16 pm Reply

    How fun! I had no idea it was hot. Frost in the mornings here.

  10. by Sarah on March 23, 2012  1:46 am Reply

    I love it! What a great piece.

  11. by Kim Hambric on March 23, 2012  9:31 am Reply

    Great quote. Great story. Great painting. Thanks for sharing.

  12. by Mo Crow on March 24, 2012  2:23 pm Reply

    what a great story, love how the brown spot glows !

  13. by layers on March 26, 2012  3:56 pm Reply

    accidents and scribbling and refreshing and renewing are all part of the creative process.

  14. by Laura on April 1, 2012  5:35 pm Reply

    Oh I love this...the art-work, the art-play, the gratitude and awareness that there are no mistakes in art, only doorways and pathways for new creative opportunities!

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