Nearly Ripe

Playing Fast and Loose

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!

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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.

No!

It’s.  Done.

Really.

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Nearly Ripe

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