About a week ago I decided to start a painting project. To reacquaint myself with paint. I decided to paint one square (4″ x 4″ -ish) a day for a month (30 squares).
Because part of my work involves facilitating art groups. People in the group work on painting projects. I work with them on the painting projects. I encourage people to paint (amongst other art things). But I don’t really paint in my own time.
I’m taking a summer course and the prof once said, “don’t ask your clients to do things you wouldn’t do yourself.”
I don’t usually call the people I work with “clients”, but that’s not the point.
The point is, I don’t paint. So I feel like a hypocrite.
So, I was cutting canvas square for a project for the group and I came up with this square-a-day idea.
It’s a bit of discipline, but it’s fun so far. I try to paint whatever comes into mind and not give it too much thought. But usually I have an idea of what I’m going to paint ahead of time. I try to be spontaneous and accept the final product for what it is. Ideas that I try to promote in my work.
Some have titles, some don’t.
So this is the set up, on the kitchen counter. Not that I don’t have other spaces, it’s just near the sink.
Day 1, I was glancing at my hat as I was getting ready in the morning.
Day 2, Red Wing. I was looking at a place mat leaning upside down on the kitchen counter. Reminded me of the resident red winged black bird in the nearby park.
Day 3, Ghosts. Inspired by an Instagram photo I saw. But kind of got frustrated by the way the watered down paint blotches on raw canvas. Ended up rinsing the painted canvas under the tap and finished with just a few strokes of darker blue because I couldn’t deal with it anymore.
Day 4, blending the background was pleasant.
Day 6, ce n’est pas un œuf. Thought I would try to paint from some kind of still life. In this case, an egg.
Will keep you posted on the project! :D
Have an awesome weekend!