Today I made myself work fast and loose. Or at least I gave it my best shot. I also made myself use a stiff bristle brush. I usually - okay, always - use a soft bristle brush. I like smoothing everything out and blending imperceptibly. Except I like looking at art that isn't so painstaking. So for today's painting (the portrait) I made the fast and loose vow and I used a stiff bristle brush. I didn't do too badly at the fast and loose part. I definitely got what you see done about twice as fast as I normally would. I still blended things pretty thoroughly, though. It's ridiculous, really. You wouldn't believe the debate I had with myself about leaving the paint under the right eye a little rough! You'd think it was world peace or something...
Then I sketched out this little guy and threw on a first layer of paint.
I'm starting to panic a little about the amount of work I need to get done before the holidays sales I'm working. So far, I haven't finished a thing you've seen in the last week - except the jewelry. I think sometimes that I freeze up when faced with big projects. I find it tough to get myself to pick up the paintbrush or pliers, although once I get started I'm totally into it. I've been reading Twyla Tharp's fantastic book,
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life. One of the things she talks about it is having a ritual that you do every day before you begin - something to "prime the pump." I've been trying to think of something that would work for me, but no great ideas are standing out yet.
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