• Simone tuned me in to Instagram so I began posting;
• Sheila pointed me in the direction of some tips on how to use Instagram at my computer vs. on my phone which suddenly gave me much easier ways to connect with other artists and have conversations;
• Betty painted a painting that was very compelling;
• I admired another Instagram painting and wished for the umpteenth time that I could/would layer and veil more freely when I paint; and
• out of the blue, Marielle encouraged me to participate in a 100layersofpaint challenge.
Nah, I thought. I've got way too much going on.
And I did have too much going on. Still do.
But just hours before I headed on my midMarch vacation, I impulsively grabbed an old painting done on gessobord. I felt tenderness for that early investigation of whatever it was that abstract painting might be.
But, well, buh-bye. Secrets of a Bayside Barn served a purpose then, but now it had a new purpose. It officially became Layer 1. I knew it would be easy to add new layers without hesitation.
I grabbed a Posca paint pen and wrote 100 layers of paint all over it. Layer 2.
About half an hour before we left for the airport, I just had to add another layer. Total fun. Then I washed brushes, scrambled to stuff last-minute items in my suitcase and backpack, hoped I wasn't leaving anything behind, and headed out the door.