Upon the Sky

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. 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.

  2. 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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