After participating and flying through two art challenges that required that I produce something every single day, the moment they ended, so did my urge to create. Of course, I had my real job to rededicate myself to. However, after I caught up, I really had to force myself to get interested in creating paintings again.
Part of what I loved about the challenges was that they didn’t require me to create something wonderful every time I sat at my art table. I could experiment and make crappy art. I learned so much that excited me in the process. So, about a week ago, I started hunting around the internet for art I thought that 1) was interesting, 2) wasn’t beyond my skill level to complete, and 3) was fast. Because I like fast. I’m a writer, and too often, when I begin a project, I’m looking weeks down the road at THE END.
I found a couple of projects I wanted to use to inspire me (er, copy?). I suck at copying by the way since 1) I usually lack the skill either with a paintbrush or with composition to understand what the painter was doing, and 2) I get urges in the middle of a project to fly on my own and add my own colors or shapes.
The following two projects are ones that began as just such efforts but took their own left turns. Both are watercolors (my happiest place).
This one started as watercolor leaves and flowers. I added dots of paint and then got out a nearly dry felt pen to scratch out those squiggly plants in the background. I like it. Don’t know what I’ll ever do with it, but that’s not the point. (Unlike writing, which always has to produce $—because that’s my job.)
This one was inspired by several water-doodles of leaves I saw on Pinterest. I got this big fat round brush for my birthday—a $50 Da Vinci brush that I’ve been scared to use because it’s so bulbous and huge. I decided that last night was the time to do something simple with it so I could get over my fear of that brush. So, I dabbed watercolors on a palette and went to town with that big brush. When I was done, I couldn’t leave the page looking like undefined blobs of paint, so I started doodling. The problem with doodling and marking, for me, is that I never know when to stop. So, I’m entitling this piece “Lots of Dots.” Fits, right?