This morning, I resumed work on a painting I started a couple of weeks ago. Within minutes, I was getting “perfectionistic”, but stubbornly, I kept at it.
I was holding the brush much too tightly and far down on the handle. I was standing too close to the easel and focusing on small areas. My breathing had grown shallow and frankly, there was no joy.
I know better than this. Time to stop OR quickly find some pleasure in the process! I decided to set aside the
perfect crazy making painting. I chose a blank canvas – a big one – 30″ x 40″ I think.
On my pin board, I’d recently hung a photo of pomegranates I’d seen in a catalog. Aren’t pomegranates the coolest fruit ever? So exotic, so symbolic, so ancient….and are part of one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read!
I quickly sketched them onto my fresh surface with a charcoal pencil. I hardly EVER sketch or plan my paintings, but doing anything different is good at times like these. I picked a few juicy paint colors and a BIG FAT brush – I wanted loose!
Below you’ll see the progress. It was done in about 40 minutes. It was literally a painting aerobics session!
A fast, free, joy-making dance!
There are so many areas I want to fix…but that isn’t the point is it? So I’ll call it done – I think.