|Mary Rose, Violetta and Helen Tlston paint Cornell Museum|
Frequently we play music when we paint. The early stage of a painting, once the subject and sketch has been executed, demands exciting music and that which has a rhythm, energy and passion. The Dandling Song by Mary O'Hara was chosen as my art partners:-Mary Rose, Violetta and I when painting this triptych of Cornell Museum in Delray Beach, Florida. Once the canvas is covered and values established, it now is time to think more and paint less. Walk away, several feet from the painting then return and gently apply definite and planned brush strokes. Again keep stepping away and slowly dancing forward to apply the loaded brush. "Down by the Sally Gardens" composed by WB Yeats and sung by Maureen O'Hara fits this most important time, when the artist put her heart in her work. A favourite art instructor once said "pretend you are buying each brush stroke and it costs $100.00". Apply firmly with gentleness and love. Give it all you have got.
|Violetta steps away and returns to apply finishing brushstrokes|
|Helen applies final brushstorkes|
|Mary Rose carefully applies finishing strokes|
Were you dandled as a child or did your dandle your children?