We painters all need to get over ourselves and take a break from trying to get our paintings to “turn out”. Every now and then anyway. So on a Monday when the class was small I moved the Muse Group out to the garden for some expressive drawing and painting with abandon and without technique or rules, on big paper and and holding the sticks, pencils, charcoal, and ink droppers loosely by the end, and in the stance of a matador, lunging forward and back. It was really too much fun!
Here’s a couple of mine.
pencil, ink (dropper), watercolor crayon and gesso on 20X30″ paper
When we’d run out of steam we brought our paintings inside and used mat board corners to see what abstract gems we’d unwittingly produced and were impressed with ourselves.
A few days later when I was in dire need of an art fix (I’ll spare you the details) I thought I would play around with “finishing” this one and see what it had to tell me. With some cutting and pasting and more paint the above painting became this. . .
. . .and as I kept trying to make sense of it, a little demon slipped out!
The Self Critic puts her foot out to trip me.
Then as I fall, screams LOSER!
Aha! So the A is for A Loser!
I drew in the word Loser and knew I was done.
Do you know an artist who doesn’t feel like a loser sometimes?