Yay, I have actually finished an abandoned oil painting this week. True to my goal of being focused this year, I fished out this painting and completed it. Sometimes, time does give you the answer! I really loved the shadowy figures but the girl I had originally was wrong, she had too much detail and she didn't fit the canvas. (The canvas is 12 x 24 an unusual dimension, I had brought it originally because I wanted to do a frieze.)
I used white paint and painted her out. Then this girl found herself on the canvas. I think the contrast of the sketchy girl with the background create a tension that works. I have painted this girl several times over the years. Her name is Julie and she is a strong determined person. Going her way despite what others say. I would love to have some of that myself, I am too self concious sometimes, I worry about what others think, and sometimes miss out on opportunities. So I am going to take a leaf out of Julie's book.
This week I have also worked out a plan for me to stay focused. I've joined the Creative Every Day Challenge, as I realised I need the “kick in the butt” approach. I am a procrastinator by nature, and work best when I have deadlines. At the same time I have a contrary streak. So I have decided to work with these traits. I know I am incapable to sticking to a work timetable, I need to go where the muse takes me. During a day I might write, paint, draw illustrate whatever, so having set days for these activities would not work. So, I decided to try and have set days for posting on the different activities. This is what I have planned!
Monday – illustration and writing this month I am going with the theme from CED – dark. A story about my cat Bro.
Tuesday/Wednesdays – Journal work
Thursday – Word Art
Friday – Painting
Saturday – Anything goes
Sunday – From my sketchbook
Wish me luck on this, as I said I can be quite contrary.
Have a great Paint Party Friday everyone and blessings to you all.