I am halfway through! Last week was a lot of fun, and I think the part I've enjoyed the most is trying new styles, and painting in my sketchbook, which is a practice that I'm trying to emphasize this year. I think I could paint western themed subject matter for months and months and never get tired of it because the subject is so rich. My list of ideas to paint keeps getting longer and longer. But my plan was to focus on a different subject each week, so I'm going to keep going.
When I first thought of this painting challenge (back during those glorious days on a beach in Mexico) I listed out a bunch of potential themes and ideas. I listed flowers and spring -- it is My Winter Distraction, after all -- and patterns. Surface pattern design is something I've always been intrigued by, and I'd like to explore it more in the coming months. I also listed out some of my favorite things, and one of the first things I wrote down was the fabric that belonged to my grandma. I taught myself to sew a few years ago, and this stash of fabric quickly became one of my most prized possessions. And frankly I love it so much, I'm too nervous to sew with any of it! It is a mix of great vintage patterns, including several florals.
While it's been a pretty mild week here with melting snow, longer days, and sunshine, it's still March. Which means the threat of another snow storm could pop up at any time (in fact, maybe there's even one in the forecast. I'm too afraid to look!). So by choosing my grandma's fabric, I am also able to tackle those other things on my list: flowers, spring, and patterns.