Happy Monday, loyal readers! That is to say a VERY happy Monday for me because Jonathon is finally back home! I’m so happy!
After months of toughing it out on my own, I feel so excited and so blessed to have him back in my life again! I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes at this thinking that I’m being dramatic and that it’s only been a few months. Let me just say that while that is true, I live in Minnesota and he was in Texas. We were lucky to have been in the same time zone, but most of the time, our phone service would kick out. Me living in the boonies means that I don’t get the best reception and him being on a military base in the middle of nowhere made it so very difficult to have a conversation because calls would always be dropping and getting broken up. Just the way that I am with my love language means that I need to express my thoughts and feelings through communication. This was a very trying time for us and I feel so relieved and excited that he’s home again! Being dual-military, I’m sure more times will come where we are separated for a good amount of time, but we will face those trials as they arise. For now, I can simply breathe easy and enjoy his company again.
Oofta! Sorry, guys. This wasn’t meant to be a rant about how much I’ve missed my husband! Haha. We’ve spent the past few days together catching up, but now it’s Monday again and that means it’s time to get down to business!
I had to order some more of the gesso boards so that I could continue the current series I’m working on. I really wanted them all to be on the same brand of boards for consistency. So far, I’ve been LOVING the Mona Liza brand above the Trekell ones I’ve tried and have bought a set of the 9×12 on Amazon as a set of 6. I really enjoy the sturdiness of the boards and the texture is so smooth as opposed to the Trekell. This is only personal opinion, but I really love the smooth buttery feeling because it works perfectly for blending. If you like a more textured surface, these may not be the best for you although they are extremely sturdy. The set I bought was a pretty fair price too. I feel like I really enjoy the 9×12 size because they are just big enough. It’s easier to commit to it and gives you a little more than the small 8×10’s. For me, it’s the perfect middle-ground size. If you guys want to check it out, I’ll leave the Amazon link for those here. I have partnered with Amazon, so if you do decide to purchase it, I will receive a small commission just so you guys are aware. It’s not a lot, but it would definitely help me out and I want to be up front about that! I’ve also shown this brand in my Instagram stories before and I really do recommend them!
The series that I’m working on currently I think I’ve mentioned before has to do with the theme “transformation” and there are two more pieces that will be added to it. One of them I’m working on this week and is going to be the brother piece for the painting of the woman titled “Metamorphosis.”
I am very excited to work on this one! The inspiration flowed my way last week, but I was unfortunately waiting on my gessoboards to come in the mail! Now that they are here and I’ve given you an idea of what’s to come, I really need to get to it!
I hope you all have a great week! Tune in on my Instagram page on Wednesday to see the WIP (work in progress) for the new brother piece! To get a more in depth look and extra content, be sure to also check out my Patreon channel. I give patrons exclusive behind the scenes shots of my process and first looks and Patron-only sneak peeks and content. I also host a month “Fan Art shout-out” opportunity art challenge similar to the trend, “draw this in your style.” It’s a lot of fun over there and I am working on creating more content for those special people.
I’ll be back in a bit!
Have a great day!