I’ve been unable to get the time to do art this past couple of weeks. The train wreck that is currently going on in our country has me feeling anxious and depressed. It has left me depleted.
I initially set out to the studio today to throw away some paintings that were not working for me. I felt that I should just get rid of things that are not pleasing to me. Why surround myself with things I do not like? I thought that there’s enough going on in the world (our country) zapping my energy – I don’t need to have that in my art space.
At the last moment, I thought about adding some more paint to cover some of the spots that I did not like. Like magic, I found myself reconnecting and enjoying the piece. It needed to be reworked! I saw a female figure emerging from her water world.
There’s a life lesson here, I know. Sometimes, it is best to get rid of the depleting items in your life. They just take up space and do not serve a purpose. Other times, things can be improved and you can see its possibilities.
Did a quick painting for day 17 of the #30paintingsin30days challenge. “Ligature” is a 8×8 acrylic painting on wood panel. The ligature is an important part of the clarinet – it holds the reed in place on the mouthpiece.
I remember declaring to my painting teacher that I will not paint a reflective surface because I just did not want to deal with the thousands of subtle colors. My teacher was wise and encouraged me to do just that. Face the things that are a challenge – purposely embrace it – stick with it. Great life lessons.
On Monday, I had the opportunity to take an intro to Pouring Paint class led by Linda Ryan. It was fun and messy! There’s a lot of relinquishing control when doing this technique. I also learned that there are many variables that you have to consider when doing the pouring paint technique: opacity, gravity, how and if the paint sediment settles and how the color changes when it dries, just to name a few.
on the 12 x 12 board – still wet
my test run – on plexiglass
These are my first attempts. I am looking forward to seeing how they look when they are dry. I hope to do more – explore other color combos. Maybe I will try to do them in the 30 in 30 challenge. Yay! Another reason to buy more art supplies!