Haven’t had much time for painting lately and it’s led to a bit of a slump when I do. I think that’s OK. I mean it’s wretched, but I can see how slumps happen. Fingers crossed that maybe, like sometimes happens, I’ll stumble through this part and then be rewarded by a breakthrough! Even a little one! Like when a baby goes through a week of grizzling, acting cranky and never-endingly voraciously scarily hungry, and all of a sudden gains 2 pounds and sprouts a couple of teeth. You look back and think, “Oh OK. That’s what that was about.”
It’s the end of the school year and as usual a busy time filled with events, forms to be returned, and early dismissals to be remembered. All a bit daunting for a take it by the minute woman like me! I found a window of opportunity on the weekend to paint and regroup, catch my breath before the last nutty week. I painted……… blah stuff. Worked from a pretty photo of a harbour in Halifax (even cropped down a bit it was probably still a little ambitious, especially when slumping) but I didn’t do it well. Standard Painting 101 quality. Humph. I thought about it overnight and decided to tackle the same scene again the next day, only bigger! Looser! Better!! Yeah, this was going to be great! While I painted I frequently held up the first painting for scornful comparison, this new one was sooooo much better, until I realized…. they were very very similar. Ugh moment. So I pouted for a bit and then let loose with colour, had some fun. And it turned out the finished painting was…….. not great! Sheesh. Both it and its predecessor are destined for a coat of black paint somewhere down the line but I think I did some good thinking about colour. The next one is going to be remarkable! I so know it! Yup.