So, in my attempts to loosen up a little, I came across a book titled : Daily Painting by Carol Marine. Everyone has a sticking point(s). Mine is the plural. First of all, starting a new piece can be intimidating, not to mention expensive if it doesn't turn out for me. Second: I'm a perfecting person:) and I can get so caught up with details that I lose my love for whatever piece I'm working on. Then it becomes more of a chore than a joy. The ideas behind painting daily, or as often as you can were intriguing to me. Painting small pieces often:
-Fits into your busy schedule. I've got six busy schedules that I have to try to work around. Most of the time when I would get and hour to myself it would come down to: nap?,study?clean?............paint? Painting usually lost.
-You're more inspired to experiment. Like I mentioned, painting large pieces can be intimidating, especially if your style is naturally tight. Working on small pieces I can experiment and then when I have more time, I can use new techniques on larger pieces.
-You're less emotionally involved. I like this one because it's not a huge crushing blow emotionally and financially it something doesn't work out.
-You gain confidence. I'm still trying to find what my style is and this gives me the opportunity to try a lot of different things and find what I like best.
Here's this week's batch.
This first one was my interpretation of an art piece I saw but was not signed:/ I hope nobody's offended. I really loved experimenting with colors here.
This second one was a great study for me on brushwork I enjoyed loosening up, and I'm titling this "Caroline in the Park"
All of these are small paintings 8x10 is the largest. I hope to produce five or six each week and I'll post the final products here.