Becoming Inspired

Hey there! Thanks for all of the love and encouragement on my last blog post. It means the world to me. :) I’ve been getting work done this week, and I’m starting to write down ideas and make some goals. It feels good.

I made this earlier this week when I was feeling inspired. I used a 7″  by 9″ canvas because it was the only fresh one I had around; I’m planning on stocking up on fresh canvases in a few different sizes so I have more on hand next time inspiration strikes.

I call this Emergence.

06-06-13 Emergence painting by Britta Swiderski-1

I used bronze metallic sharpie to line the inside of each circle. I like the bubbles. :)

06-06-13 Emergence painting by Britta Swiderski-2

The background is about 6 layers of watered down paint; I’ve always enjoyed using acrylic paints in thin, watery layers to create a bold, watercolor-inspired look.

06-06-13 Emergence painting by Britta Swiderski-3

Here are the supplies I used (along with a tupperware full of water): my favorite brushes, Claudine Hellmuth studio paints in Landscape Green, Classic Teal and Smidge of Blue, gesso and bronze metallic sharpie.

06-06-13 Emergence painting by Britta Swiderski-4

I’m back at Jake’s house in Wisconsin for a funeral (Jake’s grandpa), so I have another post for you in the pipeline but it might be delayed a bit. Please keep Jake’s family (especially his mom and her siblings) in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this tough time. Jake and I made the six hour trip back today and are here helping out as much as we can throughout the arrangements and the weekend. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers; we really appreciate it!

Love you all and remember to tell your loved ones that you love them as often as possible. :)



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12 Responses to Becoming Inspired

  1. Kathleen

    Prayers to you, Jake and his family! So sorry to read about the death of his grandpa. Will be thinking of you all over the days ahead.

    Love, Love, LOVE the painting … the colors, the circles …. it is so you! Most of all, I was glad to see that you were able to get through the tough time and get inspired. As the other posters said yesterday, you have worked so hard and needed some down time.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your creativity in the months to come!

  2. Wendy G.

    So sorry to hear this sad news. My sympathy is extended to Jake, you and his family. I am happy that you have had a productive week, after all.

  3. So sorry to hear about Jake’s Grandpa, Britta. You’re all in my thoughts. And this canvas is pure inspiration. The colours are so beautiful & that hit of gold is stunning. Must get a Bronze Sharpie now. Glad to see your creativity is intact.

  4. Linda Baker

    Love the canvas! Great colors! So sorry about Jake’s grandpa. Thinking of you all.

  5. Jasmine Patrickvv

    Please accept my sincere condolences to you, Jake and his family. The grief is dreadful but you will over come it, but the memories will stay with you. Hugs

  6. Kathy Mc

    What a work of art, Britta! Didn’t realize Sharpie came in bronze ~ now on my “must have” list. Thanks for enabling. My deepest sympathy to you and Jake’s family on the loss of his grandpa, and I’m sure they are thrilled that you are there to help with all the details. Take care!

  7. Love your canvas and the great colors and design you added.
    So sorry to hear about Jakes grandpa, blessing and prayers to the family. It’s always hard to loose someone but having great memories helps. Big HUGS.

  8. LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this Britta! I’ll be praying for Jake and his Family xoxo

  9. conil

    Gorgeous canvas…amazing how much the metallic adds to it. Sending you and Jake supportive thoughts during the difficult time.

  10. Barb Ghigliotty

    Hi Britta,
    I’m so sorry for Jake’s loss…I will keep him and his family in my prayers. You’re right about telling our loved ones how much we ‘Love’ them…life is too short, and we shouldn’t forget what’s important!

    Love your canvas, girl!!! You sure were inspired! Love those Studio paints for backgrounds, and how you created an ombre/gradation of color here. Love the metallic inner circles, fun! Looks like things are shaping up for you…(((HUGS)))!

  11. Mary-Anne V.

    Sorry about Jake’s grandpa..prayers are with you both. Glad to see you are bouncing back… and very nicely I can say. Love the canvas!

  12. ELaine S.

    I hope you and Jake’s family have started the healing process. I love this canvas and hope you will be sharing more. I think I would like to do something like this to use in my home. I appreciate that you so willingly share your gift with us.

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