Mile 8: Balloon Trees

I love Whitney’s inspirational quote for this mile: “The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” ~Pablo Picasso

I painted this same scene last year when I took Whitney’s Painting Made Easy class (picture of the first one →). It was the second time I had ever picked up a paintbrush! The class inspired me to continue to learn; now I’m creating two paintings a week- have I improved any over the past year?!

Mile 8 was fun for me, though I admit I didn’t spend TOO much time on it. I think I’m starting to balance the competing feelings I had when the marathon started. If I liked what I was doing I thought, “I must make this perfect,” and if I wasn’t happy with it I thought, “Just slap on some paint and be done with it. In two days it’ll be gone.” Now I’m starting to figure out how to paint until I’m happy but not until it’s ready to hang on someone’s wall. Whew, what a mind-calming time-saver.

So there ya go. Eight miles down! The trees kind of look like balloons, don’t they?

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3 Comments on “Mile 8: Balloon Trees”

  1. Rebecca says:

    i want these too. you know my address, so ship them to me :)

  2. candacehargraves says:

    I wish I had learned this lesson earlier in life. Might have saved a lot of pain. Sorry, my heart holds them where ever they are.


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