Feeling better!

Finally feeling better and well enough to be in the studio.

Oil painting still life
Oil on textured canvas panel


Yes, I’m feeling soooo much better – For days I would walk past the studio, peek in and  just not have the energy to do anything. Eventually though the paints called to me like the sirens in Greek mythology, luring me back in the studio and luckily without any consequences.

Today’s quick study is a mixed media (oil, acrylic, heavy gel medium) on canvas panel. The idea came from Bob Burridge. In one of his “Bob Blast’s” he took something already painted on and then using gesso he painted the negative space, leaving a pineapple. Enjoying his simple approach, I decided to give it a try. Looking at it now, perhaps 3 apples would have made a better composition, but hey, I had started this when I wasn’t feeling well, so cut me a break.

Oooooh, I like the idea of working with texture and negative space combined, it keeps things loose and unpredictable, which is a welcome distraction for someone who tends to be too methodical at times. I love the painterly effect too.

So anyways, It feels so good to be feeling better. My heart goes out to those of you who have been dealing with your own health issues, it’s amazing – health really is wealth, isn’t it? So many of you have made the choice to eat healthier and have been living a life of dairy free, gluten free, sugar free and who knows what else, I applaud you! It IS hard sometimes, but definitely worth the results of feeling better and having more energy.

Thankfully, the muse has kept me busy in the past week with colors and ideas that I’ve been sketching out. Looking forward to getting into the swing of things again.

I’m baaaaack and ready to go!!

Without art I have no voice…


Paint on!



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  1. So glad you are feeling better and back at your easel!

    1. Whew, yes Elise – much better, thank you! And thanks for stopping by~

  2. So glad to hear you’re feeling better! Looking forward to more of your work. I had no idea you could mix oils and acrylics!

    1. Hi Laura, yes, feeling SO much better thank you! You can lay oil on top of acrylic (dried), but not the other way around. I used Shiva pigment sticks and then blended with linseed oil.

  3. Loving the texture and colors in this one, Deb!

    1. I love mixing acrylic pigment with heavy gel medium, textures rock my world! 🙂 Thanks again Laura!

      1. Sounds wonderful, will have to try, thank you Deb! . Glad you’re feeling better, that is terrific!

  4. Happy you are well again and painting Deb…adore this still life…the act of art can be healing in so many ways…

    1. Aww, thank you John. Yes indeed, it is healing, isn’t it?!

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