I missed painting yesterday. Both meaning that I didn't paint and meaning that I was sad to have no painting in my day. But part of the point of this month is to learn to be more loose and free in my creating and to go easy on myself. So, I missed a day. I'll keep going. Life gets in the way sometimes. I'm constantly struggling with the gap between my intentions and reality. And that's ok. That's life.
Today I've been working on acrylics and watercolors while doing things like laundry and running to the post office (with that special custom order!) and other errands. I still have to run over to the grocery store and I hope to work in the yard as long as it doesn't start raining again.
Inspired by Elisa Choi's citrus fruit paintings, I thought I'd paint lemons and limes today. First, an imaginary still life in acrylics.
The bowl is supposed to be more of a light tangerine orange, but I don't have much experience mixing oranges and used WAY too much red. I kept adding more and more yellow, but I didn't want to waste too much paint and eventually stopped. I did use up the extra orange as a background on another canvas. I love painting backgrounds; it's so soothing.
It ended up all orange, but I loved the way it looked at this point. I also added some of my leftover paint to a couple other canvases.
My watercolor lemon painting was also an exercise in working from Billy Showell's book (the one I got a while back). She has step-by-step instructions on how to paint a lemon. Her lemon model and my lemon model look nothing alike (mine is much smoother and has no leaf), but I started out trying her technique.
From the beginning, my paint wasn't working the way it was supposed to. First my paper was too dry and then it was too wet. But that's what practice and experimentation is for. Probably the biggest difference in the way that she paints and the way that I paint is that she puts in the shadows underneath the main color. I've read that technique elsewhere, too, but have never tried it before today. Eventually I just abandoned following her directions (I never even bothered to look up the names of the paints in my palette so I could mix the "right" ones).
I'll probably add another layer or two, but here it is now.
Before I rush off, I wanted to share a couple thoughts with you. First, I've been thinking about what it means to be an artist and I remembered journaling about that idea back when I first started thinking about trying out some art. I found the page in my sketchbook (from over 2 years ago) where I wrote down my thoughts:
It reads: "What differentiates an artist from a non-artist? I don't think it's talent as much as it is action. An artist creates. A non-artist does not. We all can draw to one degree or another. Only some actually do draw." And really, how else do you define an artist. An artist makes art. Simple as that. You know that I struggle with that concept, with calling myself an artist, but I'm getting better. I mean, I am making a whole lot of art around here lately.
Then today I read this on the the Etsy blog. So, how do you define success as an artist? The idea in that article about art being simply a leisure activity seemed like such a strange thought to me. That art is just for children and "retired people"... there's something very wrong with that concept.
Finally, I read this post on Joan's blog, which just so happened to answer the question of defining success. A feeling of success only showed up for her when she was able to help others with the proceeds of her endeavors (she's having an auction on her blog right now to help with stray cat rehabilitation if you wanted to drop in).
I hope you are all having a wonderful week.
- a month of painting
- to post without a single rose
- more flowers and painting and a red surprise
- Joy List Monday
- When you have a lot of roses...
- another painting
- taking time to celebrate Joy
- flowers and painting, painting and flowers
- more roses and more daily painting
- Joy List Monday -- a day outside (including painti...
- painting a day -- day 20, flowers
- painting a day -- day 19
- painting a day -- day 18
- painting a day -- day 16
- Handmade Joy Exchange Celebration
- painting a day -- day 15, rhododendrons
- Joy list Monday and painting a day, day 14
- Sunday Snippets -- Painting a Day, Day 13 and Happ...
- painting a day -- day 12... frustration
- painting a day -- day 11 and some serious bargains...
- painting a day -- day 10, something a bit differen...
- painting a day -- day 9 and a couple thoughts on a...
- painting a day -- day 7, and a Joy list
- painting a day -- day 6
- painting a day -- day 5
- painting a day -- day 4
- painting a day -- day 3, a little bit of hooky
- painting a day -- day 2 and the glories of spring
- Painting a Day -- some thoughts and day 1
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