Hello! It has already been a week and I successfully finished another painting. So far, so good. This one was a fun one to make. To be honest though, I'm probably going to say that every week. I rarely finish a painting and think about how horrible of a time I had making it. After I finished last week's painting I immediately started trying to think of what I wanted to paint next. Literally, as soon as I made my last brush stroke I set my supplies aside, grabbed my sketchbook and began drawing. What do you know, two hours later I sat there completely frustrated, looking at a page full of uninspired doodles with no idea what direction I wanted to go with the next painting. My next thought was, "why in the world did I ever think I could make one painting a week?" I was being dramatic. So I put myself to bed, promising that I would find inspiration the next day.
And I did. I woke up, got ready, turned on HAIM (yes I am still totally obsessed) and started driving to work. As soon as I started listening to the lyrics my mind started reeling and picturing every lyric turned into a painting. This was unexpected. I didn't plan on doing another painting with text but the inspiration was there and I like to just go with it when I create, so plans for my next painting basically just fell into place. It's funny how once you let yourself relax and stop worrying, a clear answer will present itself. Definitely something I need to remind myself of whether I am deciding what to paint next or what city I should live in, worrying won't give me an answer.
Speaking of worrying and questioning, these lyrics fit right in. If you are wondering where they came from, check out this song. It's a good one. I heard the phrase and knew right away that it would be on my next painting. I also knew I would use the color blue. Other then that I went about creating this piece very similar to how I usually work. I drew on the font, and added each new element one by one until it felt finished. I have a rhythm that I think I share with a lot of other artists where I paint a detail, stop, stand back and stare at the piece for a while, then begin again. It definitely helps to see how small details are affecting the piece as a whole.
I'm not sure, but I may have unintentionally started a new series of paintings including text. I really loved using it in the last two, so don't be surprised to see it again in the future weeks. Another thing I have been loving is gold paint. In this painting, the arrow-like shapes in between the text and the border were painted in gold. I love how the light and the angle you looking from can make them very vivid or almost disappear into the wood.
And I hope that next time you have to ask yourself this question, you don't let yourself worry for too long about the answer.