Friday, September 22, 2017

Fast and Furious Redux

My intentions for the day were unrealistic to begin with, a story for a different day.

Then, each undertaking to which I turned my attention took longer than expected, in one case way longer.

But, I had to paint, just couldn't not scratch that itch.

So today, vs. yesterday, I did paint quickly.

I took Betty Krause as my telementor. She starts paintings with quick intuitive scribbles and marks. Really quick. No thought or design in mind. Just scribbles and marks: GO!

Thank you, Betty, for sparking me today.

I bumped into a pad of unstretched canvas, tore off a sheet.

Scribbled and marked with a PaperMate pencil, a grease pencil, pastel pencils, and a graphite crayon.

first marks, three minutes

Added marks with a graphite crayon dipped in water. Disappointing, too light, not soluble enough.

second marks, 90 seconds

Found an applicator bottle with some India ink in it. Much more fun. 

third marks, 30 seconds

Done for today. 

Stopped because I have to make phone calls, gather financial data, do some handwork with needle and thread, research a gift idea. 

Stopped because I love this start and want to enjoy it for a day before I add layers.


  1. Goes to show that even between times you can get out some of that expressive energy. I love the start as well, and the process, which I sometimes use sitting in the evening with my sketch pad in my hand. Never really went back to them!

    1. "Sitting in the evening with my sketch pad"—not a phrase I'd ever write! I own a sketch pad, but I have not turned out to be a sketch pad kinda gal in the three+ years that I've been painting.

      That said, I am overwhelmed currently by a perfect storm of too many competing demands, and I've been wondering how I might make the choice to become peaceful. Perhaps a step to the side—out of my studio (which is a tiny crowded space; which is in fact a guest room and not a fully designated studio at all) and over to sitting in the evening with a sketch pad instead?

  2. I really like the idea of sitting with your art for a day before moving on. It is my understanding many of the great abstract painters do just that. You are wise, dear Dotty!

    1. Awesome: I am going to add WISE and GREAT ABSTRACT PAINTER to my résumé. Thank you, Jen.


  3. Hi Dotty, this is the 5-minute-painting, but then in 30 seconds. I love that!

    1. I'm having some fun with quick painting—happy to find that I can engage that way! Thank you for being such an important role model.