You know that saying, dance like no one’s watching? Well I think you could also say, paint like no one’s watching!
I’m in Croatia to teach a 7-day workshop (very excited about that!). And it’s time to write a blog for you. I was going to pastel some landscape or townscape. A good plan until I suddenly realized that within an hour I was to hand over my pastels to Mario, the workshop organizer. (He’d bring them with him when he drove to Istria for the workshop. Cam and I were trying to relieve ourselves of a lot of luggage so as to travel light over next few days before the workshop.) But this meant I had to paint something in an hour!
OK something in the apartment. But at this time of day the lighting wasn’t great. Look around Gail, what can you see to paint? You always say there’s something if you look hard enough. Okay, there’s a chair with my hat. That’s it! Make a quick thumbnail, and get on with it.
I decided to use Pastel Premier buff, a new-to-me paper. To make it a bit easier on myself I went to the Sennelier package of 40 half sticks which I’m pretty comfortable with. I drew up the pastel in charcoal and went to work. And soon, very soon, I was in the ugly stage and wishing I had more time and wishing I was painting something else and wishing I could do a better job and wishing I could remember how to paint. So at this point I hated it so much I decided to wipe the whole thing. But I didn’t have time to do something else so I kept working on it. Paint like no one’s watching!
Let’s have a look!!
So this is the result of pushing through. Yup paint like no one’s watching. Not brilliant by any means but I did the work. And like I always say, doing is better than not doing. I think that’s a big part of being an artist. Not everything comes out the way you want it to or expect it to or hope it will. By painting you can always learn something.
So what did I learn?
– I learned that pushing yourself can result in psychological discomfort! But out of discomfort comes possibilities, like different pastel applications.
– Paint like no one’s watching (in this case that means you and not worrying about what you might think of it!!)
– I prefer working at an easel. (I painted this with board on lap.)
– I don’t have don’t to paint everything ‘correctly’ (think Matisse, Cezanne etc!)
That’s it for this time. I think I’d like to hear your comments…. Yes I want them!
Until next time,
PS. Please forgive all mistakes. I wrote and created post this entirely on my phone!