30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day 17
High in her tower,
She sits by the hour,
Maintaining her hair.
Blithe and becoming and frequently humming
A lighthearted air:
From "Agony", Into the Woods
Ahhhhhhh, yes! These next three days are complete cheats during this 30 and 30 challenge. Painted in advance, these pieces allow me to spend some precious time in a workshop learning new skills and hobnobbing with other creatives. Kind of ideal for the midpoint of a paint marathon - it will recharge my creative batteries.
Artists are like Rapunzel, high in our towers, isolated from others, frequently humming...and that's important for the creative process. But Julia Cameron (the creative whisperer) tells us to get out and have frequent "Artist Dates" to refill our reservoir of experiences. It is amusing to me how far I will go to actually avoid doing something fun, letting the work fill up the hours day after day instead. So I put this workshop on the schedule a month ago, knowing then I would need it now.
Think of it as "rut prevention". Like a vitamin for keeping the muse healthy and interesting. One of the best rut-preventions is to learn someone else's techniques and approach to creating. I try to take at least three workshops per year, and it never fails to boost me up in a way I could never accomplish on my own.
This piece, "Whisky Tango", is the finale from last week's demonstration. This was a background piece, to which the trees and characters were added later. But they were inspired by the storytellers in the audience, two of whom had cats in their tales. I don't paint a lot of cats (which is odd, given I am a big cat on the zodiac), but LOVED creating this guy, whose expression has given me fits of giggling. His rider is obviously wondering about the wisdom of cat-wrangling - I wonder if they will set off into the forest or end up in a tangle as the Tango tries to climb a tree?
Patricia L. Brooks
1/17/2017 07:24:59 am
What a MARVELOUS "cheat"🤗🤗🤗‼️‼️‼️ However, since you created SEVERAL pieces in one sitting this should really be an ADVANCE piece🤗🤗🤗‼️‼️‼️I like the dubious expression on your cat rider; although, your cat looks confidence inspiring👍👍👍‼️‼️‼️I HOPE that you create more stories, and therefore, cat pieces in the future🤗🤗🤗‼️‼️‼️Your talents are AMAZING 🎉💥🍾🥂💥‼️‼️‼️
1/17/2017 07:59:41 am
"Advance" piece! Love that! And thank you SO much! I enjoyed painting Tango, and will undoubtedly find more confident cats in future paintings....
1/17/2017 08:32:31 am
Eager to hear about your workshop! Love that you build them in to your life, making those artists' dates for yourself.
1/18/2017 05:14:06 am
I will be blogging about the workshop when it's done, but in the meantime am posting progress pics on facebook if you want to follow along! Such a super infusion of art mojo!!!!
1/18/2017 06:20:18 am
Jen, I clicked on the fb link at the top of your page and ran into a dead end, i.e. Sorry, this page isn't available. The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed. Can you help me find your page???
1/17/2017 09:12:04 am
It's not cheating, according to Leslie. She does it all the time. WOW I love that dog and his eyes. Hope you had fun at the workshop!!!
1/17/2017 09:13:47 am
Sorry about the mix, couldn't decide !!!
1/18/2017 05:15:21 am
Thanks, Carol! Leslie is the bomb-diggity....I love that there are truly no rules to 30 in 30. Workshop is 3 full days. Day 1 was AWESOME!!!
Leave a Reply.