Thursday, January 24, 2013
Can you see the woman sitting here? she just appeared here--I love her!
I've been trying to paint every day, but a stomach bug kinda threw me for a loop. Among other things I've realized that chicken soup for three days straight is about two days too many--
About the intuitive style of paintings I've been doing--
I have realized several things about how I paint. First, I think I have always painted intuitively, in that I don't start out a painting with a preconceived idea about what the finished product will look like. One of the ideas that I have come back to over and over again here on the blog is that my paintings really "work" when I am playing and having fun and enjoying the process.
Another thing--while I've always been willing to completely paint over part or all of a painting that didn't work, I am only recently forcing myself to do that. It's hard to paint over something I 'might' like...
Finally, I've noticed that these recent paintings take MUCH longer, in general. I paint and ponder and paint and ponder, and then I think "Wow, this piece really isn't going anywhere," and then all of a sudden, I look at it and think "Whoa! This painting is almost finished!" I have no idea how far along I am in the process at any given point--which fits in well with my general theory of 'have fun with the process' but sometimes makes me feel that I'm spinning my wheels...
Another recent discovery: the watercolor paper that I assumed was a standard size for a mat? Well, it's not. Which meant that last week I had to seriously alter all those pieces I'd been working on... Very disturbing. It required some very serious thinking to figure out which three inch chunk at the edge of a painting was unnecessary. At the point when I'm almost finished with a painting, the WHOLE THING is necessary!
I'm linking this to Paint Party Friday--hopefully tomorrow I'll make it around to visit everyone!