The weekend is finally here and that means what?- well, I guess it means different things to different people. Interestingly, even people who work during the weekend often have a special fondness for these two days. Ever wondered why it is so? Maybe because weekend can often feel like a little holiday. Maybe because it gives a feeling of closure to the week. It is an interesting phenomena to observe. Many people feel more relaxed during the weekend, even if it is a working weekend. I was planning to get a lot of painting done this weekend, but now I'm not sure will I be able to find time. Life, you know.
How do you like this painting? I love painting olive trees, especially when the sea is the background. There is something magical about olive trees, the way they seem to shine with silver. No wonder this tree is a symbol of piece. The combination of olive and pine trees is something truly wonderful. It makes me think of the Mediterranean, although I'm sure that these two trees grow together in other parts of the worlds as well. There is something about the combination of these two, especially with the sea, something very dear to me. A lovely motive to depict, for sure. Back in 2014, I made a similar painting, depicting the same location, but back then I used oil paints. I gave that painting to a friend and I'm pretty sure she liked it. The location that inspired me to do both of these paintings is Zastrazisce (Zastražišće), island Hvar, Croatia. This painting depicts island Hvar but another island is visible in the distance and that would be Brac (Brač in Croatian is pronounced Brach).
I used to paint with oil paints more, now it looks like I'm switching to acrylics. I will probably get back to my oil paintings, but it might take me some time and planning. Setting aside for painting can be a real challenge sometimes. Do you have any creative hobbies? If yes, how do you find time for them? Do you plan time for your hobbies? Or do you simply grab the opportunity when it presents itself? Since I started taking painting more seriously, sometime back in 2012, I've tried different strategies. I'm not sure which one is the best.
On another note, have you ever tried painting and listening to music at the same time? I used to do it but now I'm more into audio-books. Lately, I've been listening to audio-books while I paint. I think I already mentioned that when I shared my secrets for reading more.
I listened to Siddhartha by Herman Hesse while I was painting this one. Now, every time I look at it, I think about that book. Funny, how our memory works? Perhaps this could be used as a learning tool? I need to think about it. You can read my review of that novel here. I also wrote a review for Narcissus and Goldmund, another novel of his, you can read that one here.
Right now I'm listening to an audio version of Steppenwolf and so far, so good. I do like this novel, but not as much as two other novels by Herman Hesse that I read. A lot of people seem to prefer Steppenwolf to his other works, but I really like the novels I mentioned. Finding time to sit down and write reviews for all the books I've read in February and March seems to have become a challenge a well.