Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Ugly Painting Day

At some point in the past two years, Sylvia and I gave ourselves full permission to have and enjoy Ugly Painting Days.

Raise your hand if you think the image below depicts what I saw in my mind's eye when I taped watercolor paper down before starting today.

Anyone?

Anyone?

Yeah, well. An Ugly Painting Day!

And, unlike back in 2014 when I was a total newbie painter instead of the mostly newbie painter I am now, instead of feeling disappointed and discouraged, I feel excited and curious.

I've started something.

I don't know where it's going.

I do know I'm going with it.

a start

10 comments:

  1. An ugly painting day? Hardly! I see a lovely flowering tree.

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    1. Phew! So happy you do. It gives me heart to keep letting this painting tell me what marks to make next, and next, and next : )

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  2. Like you, I slowly start to learn that indeed it actually does not matter so much where you start. Jane Davies has a very interesting new video on her work (a kind of promotional video), I found it nice to also find that she starts with 'just something'. But that 'just something' informs the next layer, and that the next, and so on, until the painting feels finished. Which can take forever... But the process can always be fun. See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83XVt0bOpDw

    bye!

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    1. Thanks for your support and encouragement and your own paintings, Simone—you renew my energy! I laughed in delight when you mentioned Jane's new video. I subscribe to her blog, and I've been watching that video almost daily since she posted it. Love her orientation to creativity!

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  3. Flowers and leaves. Maybe hydrangea there in the corner.

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    1. Sheila, hats off to you—the gift of a potted hydrangea plant with pink paper wrapped around the pot is what sparked this painting! I'm way impressed that you could see it, and with the image upside down, too!

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  4. I'm agreeing with all of the above! And add softness and delicate-ness. Flowers, leaves, spring!

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  5. Oh and thanks for the mention of me in DIY! And thanks for the inspiration.....love all 3 colors but I'm going with the oranges and pinks together for something!

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    1. Laurie, glad you saw my mention of you in my DIY post. Also glad to have sparked inspiration. I'll be watching for oranges and pinks (Dunkin' Donuts!!!).

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