Below -acrylic painting 30 x 40 inches (it’s a big one!)
Through the Tree -acrylic on wood panel 16 x 20 inches
I am not going to write too much on these. They had the most issues for me and I’m neurotic enough without adding fodder to that feast!
Simply stated, these were the first layers:
Crazy I know, but what I liked about the first layers is their pure clean color. As I was instructed to add more and more layers to try out someone else’s process, the paintings got muddier and muddier. That didn’t sit well with my own personal style. Cool, because now I know that!
Chalk it up to experience as they say!
I’ve already started these new paintings where I’ve taken all I’ve learned from this process and I’m applying it in my own way. I’ll start showing you them but I felt like I needed to get these previous ones out of the way.
So time to rip off that bandage, show my learning curve to the world and hope that someone else identifies with the great strength in showing that which you feel to be your most vulnerable.
It reminds us all that Van Gogh’s don’t come out the first time. We are not alone in that. I repeat. WE ARE NOT ALONE IN THAT. There may be a hundred paintings before you even find your groove. So you have to DO IT ANYWAY, FALL GET UP , FALL AGAIN GET UP AGAIN, EXPAND & SHRINK & EXPAND because that is how you get to the other side of anything worth attempting. This sounds great in theory but the actual practice takes tremendous courage. It’s terrifying!
Still, we have to create the first hundred and we have to be ok with what comes out.
I have to say, being here in this stage, it feels quite invigorating and very freeing in a sick and tormented way.
Yeah, that’s sums it up and that’s how I choose to roll!
Come join me, the water’s great! ;)
Great advice, Ms. Mary. No lopping off any ears this week!