This little gem is acrylic on a wrapped 5″x7″ canvas – just a cute small little picture. One more that is no longer a blank canvas.
I’m starting this post for the second time. I went off in one direction and realized that it was a whole separate post. You’ll get it later in the week. You’ll know it when you see it because it’s about playing around. I think that was exactly what I needed to do when I started that post, along with solidifying the lesson in my head.
After all, these aren’t just pep talks for you, though I do hope they help and that you find some value in them. Often, they are present me giving future self advice: hey dummy, you learned this lesson once already; aren’t you ready to move on already?
But that’s not what we’re here for today. Rather, I thought I’d show you a piece I’ve been working on.
I’ve mentioned in a couple prior progress posts that I had been painting, but I never showed any pictures. So here’s one.
It’s a 5″x7″ acrylic on Bristol board (though you can see my margin notes to myself which I haven’t erased yet). It’s also not quite as dark as it looks here. This looks almost like a blocked in painting. Sorry.
I “finished” this piece quite some time ago and I’ve been meaning to varnish it. I’d hoped to have it matted and framed for the last show I did, but I couldn’t get there. I wonder if that’s the process telling me that I’m not done with it yet. It all feels very symmetrical to me. I can’t stop the nagging feeling that it needs something. Maybe that’s why I haven’t been able to finish it yet. Maybe it truly is a work in process still. Am I learning to trust the process with my painting as well as my writing?
Time to pull out the charcoal and/or the sketchbook and start trying some ideas. Wish me luck.
Pre-bike ride of 12 miles:
At least I was good during the bike ride and recovered well enough to go walk another half mile at the gym and then went and walked around an “craft” show. I use that loosely because it was supposed to be a craft show but was mostly an MLM show. Sigh.
Then I went home and got sick.
Some views of and from my booth:
I haven’t shown any of my paintings for a while. Mostly because I haven’t painted in a couple months.
However, recently I had a friend purchase some of my artwork and I’m fortunate enough to see how she used her own creativity to expand upon what I had done.
Sally had this extra frame she’d purchase, but she hadn’t known just quite what to do with it until she saw one of my blogs on my artwork. She asked me to show her what paintings I had for sale. Happily, I brought in my box for her to dig through.
She picked two which really spoke to her (as is a great way to pick art — gee, imagine that: you buy art that you want to look at. Simple. *grin*).
Here’s how she put it all together:
“I like hidden things,” Sally told me. “I like things that make you think.” She said that my paintings reminded her of The Secret Garden and that she wanted to know what was behind the doorway. In her mind, it goes to a place hidden away where the swing is.
Listening to her talk about it reminds me why I like to paint: I get to create my secret place, my hide-away. Writing gives me a place where I can have people dealing with strife. But painting is where I am completely alone in my own little mental exploration. I’m never alone on my writing adventures, but I am when I’m painting.
It’s great to see something that I created be part of a larger piece of someone else’s creativity like this.
Thank you, Sally, for letting me share!
Another ACEO I painted last weekend. I think I’m finally starting to get the hang of painting on these canvas sheets. Practice, practice, practice.
Here’s a new ACEO I painted last weekend:
Like I said in my Monday progress post, I didn’t get much painting done last week, but I did enough to do a 10″x8″ study painting.
Happy Groundhogs Day.
Here’s a recently painted ACEO. Don’t mistake it for me painting; that hasn’t happened, though I do hope to do some this weekend. Wish me luck on that.
Here’s another new ACEO.