Here is an old watercolour doodle from 2011 or earlier (I don't remember when exactly). I painted this after a visit to my grandparents' home. My grandpa used to have a rare peach orchard. The trees were at the end of their life and completely hollow. The gnarled bark was strapped to metal rods and 2x4 planks to keep the trees from falling over. Amazingly, they were still full of green peaches.
It makes me think of my grandpa and how he worked hard until he got so sick he couldn't stand up anymore. More and more of our parents will do the same thanks to unending debt and high cost of living. How many of us young people even have felt like this? So sick but still working, so depressed yet carrying on, so hollow yet productive?
Anyway, I loved this painting but didn't know what to do with it at the time. The composition was awkward and I guess I just gave up on it. Maybe all it needed was a bit of contrast? Deeper colour? I started with a new splashy background and darker lines.
I darkened the wood and replaced all of the drawn ropes with real embroidery!
I love love love that I was able to finally use this drawing, as it is so meaningful to me and I already loved it from the start. At first I was trying to figure out a way to "redo" it from scratch but I'm glad I didn't.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?