Sunday, June 2, 2013

Three Confessions

                                                                       Acrylic, 6x6"

Confession #1:  I have been working on painting roses for awhile this year.  Did you notice this is the first one I am showing of the lot?  

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 would like to keep to yourself.

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