4/30 January Painting | “Reading by Candlelight”

By | January 4, 2017

Day 4, 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 want to paint today. I’ve had a headache all day, I think from consuming sugar yesterday. This afternoon, I wanted so badly to eat the last of the scrumptious chocolate cake my coworker brought from Vienna, but I resisted. I figured, if I don’t eat sugar today, and I still have a headache tomorrow, then I have a problem. If I don’t have a headache, then I know that my restriction diet from the past three months has made me very sensitive to my sugar intake—a good thing and kind of a bad thing, because I’ll never be able to blissfully and unconsciously eat sugary things again. But at least I’ll know that’s the culprit. Pray that I don’t have a headache tomorrow…

Anyway, didn’t feel like painting. Had the headache, have other things to get done, like housework and website work, and was a little bit fearful that I wouldn’t be able to create a decent painting today. I’m starting to feel like my luck is running out in the painting department. Three paintings in a row that I actually like! There is no chance that today’s would be worth looking at, which means it’s not worth creating. That’s what was going through my head as I sluggishly picked up my pencil to start sketching.

Initial Sketch

Initial Sketch

After the sketch, I sat and stared at the wall for about 10 minutes before finally squeezing some paint onto my cardboard pallet. The sketch was half-hearted and crappy. I really didn’t want to continue.

But I did. It started taking shape.

Beginning Stages

Beginning Stag

I finally got into it, and started to feel optimistic about the end result. The headache faded out of my awareness.

I took the final picture, and was quite pleased. Some of the things that I was worried about in the painting actually ended up giving the painting character! I didn’t know I could make old wrinkly pages! That wasn’t my aim, but I like them!

Reading By Candlelight

Reading By Candlelight

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One thought on “4/30 January Painting | “Reading by Candlelight”

  1. Darlene

    Always remember Ev, like Austin Kleon said in 30 Days of Genius, some days with creativity you should decide to try to make the worst thing you’ve ever made. Sometimes those turn out to be your best work 😀


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