But I Don’t Feel Like It

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Murals | 10 Comments

The mural on my studio door was only partially repainted, and each time I would think about finishing, the thought would come into my head, “But I don’t feel like it. . .”  Summer was too hot to paint; fall came, and I looked at the door and wondered why I just never felt like finishing the mural.

When you don’t feel like doing something, there are 2 choices: 1. Do it anyway or 2. Don’t do it.

But wait! There is a third choice: 3. Do something else.

So, I painted a different scene. It isn’t quite finished yet, but this is how far it got in one short day of actually feeling like painting the door.

This just didn’t ring my bell enough to return to it for final detailing and tightening up.

Starting from the top, which is also the farthest part of the scene, here comes Sawtooth!

Added green, using some of the existing color; now let’s have a trail.

No more tree, lots of green.

On a break for lunch, I gave this young ‘un a talking to about how he (she?) is welcome to the mulberry leaves on the ground but needs to leave the geraniums, hydrangea and other flowering plants ALONE!!

Getting some leaves, hints of trees and grasses. . . I like painting with greens more than painting with browns.

Coming alive! I did 4 oil paintings of this scene, and all sold this summer. It’s a good one! I love wildflowers. Did you know that about me?

There is a reason for this strange coloring. I photographed it at the end of the daylight and then messed with the color on the computer trying to make it show up. There are about four more little things to do.

There is a reason for choosing this scene. More will be revealed in the fullness of time.


  1. sjd
    November 2, 2017


    • cabinart
      November 3, 2017

      Thank you, Sally! It certainly was more enjoyable to paint with greens and all those colors than brown brown brown. (Brown is fine in “black” coffee and dark chocolate.)

  2. Dawn
    November 2, 2017

    That is a beautiful painting!!!! It makes me want to take a hike to see it for real, but i don’t do mountains. You are an awesome talent!!!! I am learning so much in your drawing class.

    • cabinart
      November 2, 2017

      Dawn, you are a good student and it is pleasure getting to know you better. Thank you for your always kind words.

  3. lclauney
    November 2, 2017

    Wow. It’s gorgeous!! Leah

    • cabinart
      November 2, 2017

      Leah, pull into the driveway any time to see it in person!

  4. Sharon Devol
    November 2, 2017

    The original scene was very pretty, but I like the new scene better! It’s like you’re walking thorough a doorway right onto that path through the wildflowers heading to Sawtooth!

    And yes, I’m one of the lucky ones who has one of the four you painted of a similar scene. Thank you! <3

    • cabinart
      November 2, 2017

      Sharon, lucky you? Nope, smart you!

  5. Donna
    November 2, 2017

    Oh, jolly good choice!

    • cabinart
      November 2, 2017

      Donna, sometimes the easiest solution is also the best.