Monday, June 27, 2016

Lesson Six, Day Two

Lesson Six is about creating atmosphere in a painting.

I'll tell ya one thing, I've got plenty of atmosphere in my head today, and it's layered and messy. Not sure where that will take me.

I've got a square of canvas paper, an assignment, and little in the way of any notion of what I want to do.

I think I'll just take a few steps and document my trail.

• brushed on neutrals in free-form fashion, lifted paint with cheap drawing paper every so often

• brushed on transparent color, wiped some away with soft cloth, added texture, added semi-transparent veiling

• brushed on opaque white

• created a pattern of collaged circles

• stopped for the day

As I traveled through the up-close (too-close?) movement of process, my thoughts careened all over the place, mostly nowhere pleasant.

But now I've tidied my studio for the day and I have a moment to step back.

I'm struck yet again by the mysterious magic of messing about with painting.

When I woke up today, the materials in my studio were inert.

I made my bed, took a walk with a friend, shopped for groceries, prepared food, ran errands, painted for awhile.

Now, a square of canvas paper speaks of my presence in the world, of a few moments of transformative encounter with creativity. Like grass lying flat in a field, this little splash of paint on paper says, something alive has passed through here.



  1. Your ability to express yourself in words is also awesome!!!

    1. Joje, thank you for the compliment and thanks for YOUR words! Painting can be a tremendous challenge, and your comments cheer me on when I feel faint of heart.

  2. Yes, I agree, that is the gift of creativity. Out of nothing, something comes into being, while transforming us....

    1. Sometimes the transformation is more fun than other times!