March 20, '13 , Acrylic on Gessobord (3/4" birch sides) 12" x 12" Ready-to-Hang
This painting started out as wild blends of vibrant color. It was lovely. Then I painted a white flower on top. But when I was ready to post it, I wasn't satisfied with it. The flower didn't work for me. Sometimes things don't work. For the first time since I started Painting-A-Day, I poured rubbing alcohol over the whole thing and scrubbed it down, taking most of the paint off. What I had left of the color was kind of intriguing though, it looked weathered wood. Rough and sketchy. So, I thought, I am going to make something of this "mistake". And here it is. I like it. Really different than anything I have done with acrylic. But that's the point, right? Experimenting, creative problem solving, making lemonade out of lemons...or in my case, an abstract out of a different abstract.
So, although I am in a tight time squeeze, I have discovered, as an artist, that I need to listen to the ebb and flow of what the paintings require of me and what I require to accomplish them. I need some time and mind space to be ready for the next painting. I have learned to be patient with myself so that I am "ready" to jump into a painting. I have learned the hard way that when I jump in too early and have not thought things through, things do not go as well.
Sometimes that means intensity and frustration as part of the journey
and it ends up taking even more time.
But for me, the silence and the rest and the space is essential to success.
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$100 for this original painting, ready-to-hang, plus $15 shipping and handling.