I have this weird theory that probably won’t make sense.
My theory is that to get me to do something (at least painting-wise), I must be allowed to do the exact opposite.
After posting various news yesterday, I woke up today ready to paint. My list of “should” paintings is long, but the one I most want to get rid of is a re-do of my painting of Thistle.
To make a long story as short as possible, I did this painting as a favor to a family member. When they received the painting, they felt the dog looked sad and there was too much color in the background. Not knowing what else to do, I agreed to redo the painting to keep the peace.
I have no interest in doing this painting, which is why I decided to start the painting like this.
This got me thinking about something more fun to do, so I started a completely new 1/2 sheet painting.
This was enough to settle me down, so I got serious and started the “real” Thistle painting.
I can’t get over how un-me it is.
But having some color to play with allowed me to make good progress on the hummingbird and Thistle paintings.
I’m just terrified my aunt will still think this dog looks sad. I usually use color to create happiness. How am I supposed to do that in a “neutral, high-key painting.”
5 thoughts on “Passive Aggressive Painting”
You could paint the dog wearing a mask, perhaps with a smiley face print.
Melody, that’s really funny! And a good response to art critics, although I know Tara really would like for her aunt to be happy with the portrait.
I love both Thistles. And I don’t think he looks sad. He looks wistful. That is what is appealing about doggies, at least to me.
I am avoiding the paintings that sit in the studio awaiting the next step by looking online at what other people are doing. Now I need to get busy.
“Please paint me a pic…nope don’t like it the way you did it!” How frustrating!!
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