Yadayadayada; you know the self-talk.
the first time I participated in one of the Challenges, in September 2015, I received the unexpected and awesome gift of a few comments from Sheila Delgado.
A huge ol' door opened.
First of all—what fun!—someone across the country noticed and enjoyed my art, and took the time to let me know.
More than once!
She and I struck up a friendship that is still alive and kicking three Challenges down the road (and in between).
Second—duh!—I realized I could comment on the paintings of others.
So I did.
My art life filled with delightful online conversations. I asked questions, received answers, learned a bunch, enjoyed camaraderie in my otherwise almost solitary art practice, subscribed to a few blogs, received support and encouragement, and had a blast.
And every time I take the challenge, those same gifts have been mine for the giving and taking.
As December came nearly to an end I thought, Well, maybe I'll just sign up. I won't obligate myself to painting or posting. I'll just check the blog periodically, see what fellow artists are up to. Maybe make a comment or two.
I signed up.
And—long story short—why would I not participate?
I'm all in.
It's the best.
Speaking of long-stories-short, all of the above is a short-story-long way of saying that one of the artists whose work has caught my eye in the past few days is Jen Wall, and it is a painting of hers that sparked me to take the other 8x10" half of one of my cuts and cover it with torn-tissue collage to create a landscapyish abstract.
|January 2017 30in30 Challenge, Day 9|
8x10"; acrylic and torn-tissue collage on canvas paper
work in progress