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I’m happy to say I finally got around to getting out my oil paints today. That was really pretty much the goal- to paint often and become a better painter. Make smaller, looser, faster works that are more sell-able due to their small size and lower price. I’m not there yet, but at least I have begun.
It felt so good to paint (why was I SO resistant?) that I continued on to two more and started a fourth before my eyes got foggy and my attention waned.
The whole thing has been such a learning experience already, although I’m only 8 posts in. I am being patient with myself, and remembering that while daily art making is a wonderful goal, sometimes life won’t comfortably allow for it.
Having them posted on a blog format was a way to hold myself accountable. I thought if I didn’t make the promise to post them and announce to the world my intentions, I would never get around to it. That’s probably pretty true. But what I didn’t realize beforehand is that knowing that I have to share every work would mean that there was the inherent pressure of a finished product before I even raised pen to paper, or brush to board, or whatever I felt up to that day. That can really take the fun out of it, stiffening up even the most relaxed exercise.
So, it’s a process. And at least I’m making art!
Cheesy selfie as proof: