Once in a Blue Moon

One of the many treats of this sisters’ weekend was a painting class.

We started with acrylic paint, brushes, and a blank canvas

but the teacher soon had us smothering the canvas with a dark blue black paint. Then we painted a moon. Since my background was too wet even after a short break to let the canvases dry, the paint kept smearing so to add highlights and craters, I had to daub the paint, so I ended up with sort of a pointillistic style.

The few paintings I had previously done were postcard sized water colors, so I enjoyed slathering paint on a canvas that was about 12″ by 18″. To my surprise, I actually ended up with a pleasing painting. I had planned to do a series of photos that captured the experience, but got so caught up in the experience, that I forgot about taking photos. At least I have a photo of the final project!

Although I have done none of the things I planned, such as the solo backpacking trip, the days have been spectacular, not just the things I have done, but a renewed connection to my sisters.

I hope this connection continues and didn’t happen just once in a blue moon.


(Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Madame ZeeZee’s Nightmare, Unfinished, Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.”)


9 Responses to “Once in a Blue Moon”

  1. Constance Says:

    I really like your painting. How fun! Another book cover? Watch for your blogs. They are very interesting.

  2. SheilaDeeth Says:

    Wow! A lovely painting, and a lovely visual commitment to stay in touch too.

  3. rami ungar the writer Says:

    Holy crap, Pat. That’s an amazing picture. It’s like something Bob Ross might have painted. Maybe you should make more and start selling them online or something. I would buy that one for sure if it was available and I had the cash for it.

  4. Judy Galyon Says:

    That is a fantastic experience with your sisters! I could only dream of something like that. Glad you had such a wonderful time!!

  5. mickeyhoffman Says:

    speaking as an artist, that’s a pretty good painting!

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