Apr 10, 2009
Painting in the rain, quick, quick, quick.
Yesterday it rained on us. Very unusual in mid April, in California, but the day was gray and wet, so there is a lot of water mixed in that oil, no matter what they say, it is sort of a mayonnaise. Strange mixing color, the paint sliding on the knife and not mixing. Here is our 15 minutes demo, that was exciting. Try to do a bunch of those without too much mental judgment, pure action. 15 minutes, max. If you do not like the results, wash it out and again. this is the most exhilarating thing you can do with oil and brushes. Remember you are not after the result, you are after the action / the experience / the feeling. There is many examples of situations in your own life where you are after the feeling of the experience, not the result. Watching birds, taking beautiful rides or walks, listening to music, dancing, spending time with your loved ones, reading, watching a movie, you name it.. . You call this life, right? Just because we are more involved in the making of it, does not mean that putting a judgment between us and the action is necessarily a good thing. Look at it just as an exercise to progress, and mostly, mostly, have fun doing it. Being a painter, I want to believe that pushing paint on pretty much any surface is enough to make me happy... and keep your sketchbook alive , hallelujah! I completed my 120 page sketchbook in Feb/ March. A lot of those good for painting. Now all I need is time . So, in April I start a new one, my goal is to finish it by the end of May. You know what guys? at that speed it is 730 sketches a year. There is no way you are not going to get good if you talk to that sketchbook - your best friend - every minute you have available.
Posted by Brigitte Curt