As much as I am interested in politics, various issues and world events, my first love is truly in The Arts.

Art keeps me sane. Whenever I work on a project, nothing else exists in those moments. It is a nice resort from the daily assault occurring by this administration and all the weirdness in the world.  

Lately, I have been focusing a great deal on painting and drawing. Most of my drawings are in pastels, graphite or charcoal, and my paintings are largely done in acrylic or oils.  There are other areas of the artworld where I create, too, but drawing and painting have taken priority for now. It has become a nice way to escape for a little while.

So last weekend when exhausted and unable to sleep, I decided to paint a restless rainy night – indicative of my mood at the time.

Below is the result:

A Restless, Rainy Night by Artgal

After painting this piece, I was really hoping it would rain so I could fall asleep.

I get the feeling many of us have had sleepless nights of late unable to turn off our thoughts. When that happens, make it an opportunity to do something creative and productive even if it means nothing to anyone but yourself – that’s what will make it meaningful ; )

The most important thing to remember when you encounter your own restless, rainy night is this: Don’t let The Dumb Bastard get you down!

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  1. ancientwrrior says:

    Well done Artgal, the painting truly conveys what you have been feeling. Dreary, depressed, blue. Well done indeed.

  2. oualdeaux says:

    When I am in a “subdued mood” (hey it rhymes!) I think of poetry.
    This was my first effort here and the easiest subject. The “Jerkinator”
    Tough segue I know so here goes:

    There was a young thug named Barak,
    who put the whole country in hock,
    He was doing quite well,
    ’til his good wife Moochelle,
    snuck up and pickled his . . . er . . . pecker!
    (and sent it off to Iceland.)

    Good night Artgal, sleep well, see you all in the ‘morrow.

  3. angelaisms says:

    …and your screen name makes more sense now. 🙂


  4. ShArKy666 says:

    artgal…i know exactly what u mean as i’m a classical pianist (i SWEAR i’m gonna teach tammy how to play one day) and i know what it’s like to go thru times when only the feeling & process of creation truly gets rid of the blues! maybe it’s because it feels good to express some goodness to counter all the negative stuff going on in the world…great job!

  5. Rightmindedmom says:

    WOW! Artgal, you’re really talanted. If I was a wealthy entrepeneur, I’d buy that painting! Good job!

  6. The dumb bastard might get you down but never as down as he’s going to feel while he watches someone else taking the oath of office in 2013.

  7. kenalamo says:

    Thank you Artgal. Not only did you describe my restlessness with clarity, but you captured it beautifully.

  8. naga5 says:

    beautiful painting-captures the feeling well.

  9. otlset says:

    Yeah nicely dark and foreboding Artgal. I even thought that could be a nod to Munch’s “The Scream” in the lower right.

    • Artgal says:

      You are absolutely correct about the lower right area! I exaggerated the light’s reflection a bit to add some emphasis & the shadows around the reflection draw up as if clasping the head – homage to The Scream 🙂

      Wow – that’s very cool & impressive you caught onto that!

  10. NancyB says:

    Very well done! I also, enjoy oil painting/drawing, you have really inspired me to dive back in – I know that wonderful feeling, it feels like a great workout once you’re done. Thank you for sharing.

  11. dennisl59 says:

    It reminds me of the song, “I Love a Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbit from 1981.

  12. Teri says:

    Love it Lisa 😀 I still draw stick people 😉 For sale ?

  13. TAM I am says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful painting! Where can we see more?

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