Today was my first day back in my painting studio in months...pretty much since Kagero got sick earlier this year. I avoided painting for many reasons, the typical fear of sucking at it but also because she followed me around everywhere I went and wanted to hang out with me. That was awesome, of course, but the studio wasn't the best place for her to comfortably hang out so I just tried to confine my art making to things I could do while sitting on the sofa with her comfortably ensconced on the ottoman or next to me on the sofa. So, today felt like the day to head back to that studio and face my fears. I'm not really interested in making representational paintings. I love abstracts and have gravitated to more intuitive painting techniques and teachers. I really love playing around with colors with no plan. I started working on this canvas last year just adding layer after layer, waiting for it to really speak to me. It now looks nothing like the canvas I put on the wall this morning...and that's totally ok by me! I had no idea what to do with it so I just started putting some colors on it, covering what was underneath. I quickly put the brushes down and just painted with my hands. Do not underestimate the power of fingerpainting...I think it allowed me to really connect to the paint, the canvas, and the moment in a way using the brushes hadn't. When I finally stepped back a few feet to see what was evolving, I thought it looked like a stormy sky...perfect!
When I started this daily art project, I intended to make small drawings/paintings in my sketchbook just to have accomplished something creative every day. I've decided, now, to include anything that I create in a given day toward this project since the whole point of it is to create art. I'll keep doing small things in my sketchbooks, especially to practice new techniques and explore ideas and I'll keep posting my progress here. I'm really grateful for you visiting my blog, reading my posts and feel free to comment (though I will have to approve comments to keep the negativity out).
Here's today's painting which is acrylic on canvas, 24"x24" and a compilation of this week's (plus a few non-art days) creations.