8&9 /30 January Painting | “Crumpled”

By | January 9, 2017

Day 8 & 9, 30 paintings in 30 days.

One of my goals for the new year is to paint in January.

My theme for all the paintings will be “writing.”

I didn’t paint yesterday. I was feeling stressed about “all the things I had to do.” I did a full brain dump, and made a big long list of all the things. And, looking at the list, I realized, “I don’t have to do any of them!” (Wow, is it fun being an adult sometimes!)

I put that theory into practice—sat on the recliner, and read my book for a glorious hour, and then watched a movie. It was true. My relaxed, rainy Sunday was exactly that. I didn’t do anything, and guess what?

My world didn’t end. I didn’t die. Nobody got mad.

Sometimes you just need a break. Give yourself permission to give yourself a break every now and then.

So today I painted, and I decided to have a little fun. No pressure. Experiment. Try something and see what happens.

I did a 2-canvas spread again, half abstract-ish, and half not. I call it “crumpled.” I’m hoping you can tell what it is.

Crumpled Sketch

Crumpled Sketch

Crumpled, in progress

Crumpled, in progress. I did a lot of this by smearing blobs of paint around with a palette knife.



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