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.”