Wednesday, June 7, 2017

12/24", Day 5

Vulnerable.

Feeling a heaviness in my chest about making art, showing art, selling art.

When I can remember, I let myself feel the feelings.

I look them in the eye—name them, greet them, resist fighting them, let go of the urge to push them away. In fact, as you might be able to glean in the lower detail photo, I eventually elected to write some of the feelings out asemically on my canvas.

12/24" #1, work in progress
12/24" #1, work in progress, detail
12/24" #1, work in progress, detail

8 comments:

  1. The hardest part is when a painting starts to work but you know it needs something, or you feel the urge to continue. When I thinks its complete, Dotty make more surprises. I love the peacefulness of the light blue veil. I am still fighting my demons!

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    1. Grateful for your comments, Carol. I often get 'caught'/'stuck' between following an intuitive flow and aiming for a specific outcome, two forces that can work together but that can also work at odds with each other. In the end, when I can still agitation that arises, I return to knowing that I am doing exactly what I need to do, and my painting is going exactly where it needs to go.

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  2. sweet lady...you are brave and wonderful! Making, showing and selling are all just pieces of telling your story. Keep weaving this magical tale in words and colors and shapes. I am enchanted.

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    1. Thanks, Jen. I like your framing of making, showing, and selling together as the larger picture of my telling my story, and I'm chuckling at your having 'framed' this for me because I just asked a question at your blog re framed vs. unframed : )

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  3. Hi Dotty, I know what you mean! Probably the paintings themselves don't care at all: they just have fun being painted by you! ;-)

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    1. Simone, thank you for your empathy—I know you DO know what I mean! And your words about the paintings themselves, and whether or not they care at all? Your words are JUST what I needed to hear. I am laughing with delight. Those paintings DON'T care at all! Perfect!

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  4. Dotty these details are mini-masterpieces. And I suspect you could show us many more from this single canvas. I love the colors, shapes, lettering. How are you applying the veil? A brayer? I love how the paint catches on the canvas. Kick that little devil to the curb - you are so on the right track!

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    1. Thanks, Sheila. I love finding the mini-masterpieces within. The veiling here comes from a paint marker that is evidently not opaque; I like the effect it creates here. I haven't painted on canvas for awhile so I, too, am enjoying how the paint catches. Thanks for the encouragement.

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