Confession #2: I have been painting quite frequently, almost daily. I am pushing myself with a variety of subject matter. When I get something worth showing, you will be the first to know. I know my motto is "Paint Like Nobody's Watching," and to follow my own advice, I have to give myself permission to try new things and not HAVE to publish them!
Today's rose was painted from life on a Gessobord instead of my usual Aquabord. I usually don't like painting on gesso, but have been a bit frustrated with the stickiness of my acrylics lately. I used Gessobords part of the time in the workshop I took with Patti Mollica in April, and did find the paint more, well...slippery. I decided to go for slippery today, and I used a medium in place of water. Usually I like my paint to dry fast, so I had to trade that out, since I wanted slippery.
I really enjoyed painting this and am pleased with the result. Which brings up an issue. Confession #3, in fact: I seem to have a totally different sense of my own worthiness when I paint something I am willing to show you. Which probably is detrimental in general to my well-being, but I imagine quite common among artists like me, striving to grow. So, other artists out there in Blogger-land, if you are willing to share, I would love to hear how you handle the difference in feeling you get when you paint something you like versus when you paint something....you would like to keep to yourself.