Thursday, August 11, 2011
Paint Like You're Rich!
Paint like you're rich! That's what my painting instructor told our class this week. She was urging us to use more paint. So today I squeezed out double the usual amount I put on my palette, grabbed that honking big brush and went to town.
I have to admit that I have been in a painting funk lately. I hate everything I paint. I told that to my husband, and he said, "you aren't going to cut off your ear, are you?" No, but I've wiped off lots of paintings that I never posted. Luckily, I was born with the "happy gene", as my brother puts it. I wake up happy every day. But my painting lately doesn't make me happy. I want to paint loose and lush. My careful, tidy nature collides with that at every turn.
Jeff Mahoney has one of the best posts about the self-loathing I'm going through, called "what I've learned". I had to go back over and re-read it today to kick myself into painting. Basically he says that you have to learn to accept the negative thoughts and keep going.
So, I asked myself, is there anything I like about this painting? Well, the background is nice. And I like the water glass. I guess it isn't a total loss.
The flower and leaves are a mess. All the paint I was using turned into a kind of sludge that I was pushing around. Argh! Lucky for me, I'll wake up happy again in the morning!