...the (optional) CED theme for April is SPRING!
Holy cannoli...so what do I do with that information?!
Well, I had already decided earlier in the day that I wanted to paint this month. Driving home I was still trying to figure out...do I go with canvas paper, canvas board or stretched canvas? The first two would be cheaper options...but the framing costs would make those more expensive costs in the long run...plus I wanted more options for sizes...so I went with stretched canvas. I chose 16x20 for the size...which might be the size for the whole series...probably will because I know that I will have a meltdown if the pieces are different sizes...just sayin'. (#OCDartist...seriously!)
After the canvas was bought and I got the email back from Leah with the theme...I decided that I can kind of work within that theme. I am working with what I consider to be a spring color palette, which includes tints of my favorite jewel tone colors...think Easter eggs and such.
An additional challenge that I am going to give to myself is to try my hardest to stay loose and attempt to paint in a more abstract fashion. To tell you the truth, painting scares me. I know I mentioned this in my previous post...but it really does. I spent a little time tonight gathering some images for inspiration and looking at quotes about painting and I came across this;
Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.
And then it kind of hit me. I think I get scared when I paint because it makes me nervous... it's like I don't know who or what I am in this medium. I don't know if that makes sense, I have by no means mastered drawing or collage or any other medium...but I feel at least more comfortable working with them. But painting...even if I paint over a hundred paintings (and actually, I definitely have over the years) I still do not feel like I know who I am as a painter. I think part of this is because I only took one painting class in college.
That class was the a summer session. I have Mr. Elmore, one of the BEST teachers I have ever had. I carved a little corner of the studio for myself that summer and filled it up with various works in progress and inspirations. It was my life that summer. See, I had always drawn and painted in high school but once I got to college I started getting into textiles. I took my foundations classes, then my surveys in metals and ceramics...but I was infatuated with fibers. I weaved, I screen-printed, I hand dyed fabric, I beaded...I even attempted some very poorly constructed wearable arts. But I just didn't paint...not until that summer with Mr. Elmore.
And I remember how alive I felt. I remember how excited I was about the wet acrylic moving across the canvas, painting impasto...watching it dry and leaving ridges, small landscapes of dried paint on this large surface.
And I painted some after undergrad...just a little here and there...my bridal portrait...a gift for mom...some msc. faces for my friend Gin...
...and after I moved to Florida I started to pick back up with some painting here and there. I got a major 'inspiration jump start' after attending a Zora Neale Hurston seminar through the Florida Humanities Council...then I started making pieces with text...then specfically for art shows...and then I was sidetracked by my tree series one summer so I painted a tree to go along with the drawings I created.
...and fast forward to pretty much now. Well, 2013 at least. I have some paintings on display and for sell in downtown Hollywood. I haven't really sold any, but it feels good to just know that folks can see them.
I have been painting here and there...but I would never dare call myself a painter. And I don't know that I would be after this month coming up, either. But I am going to make a concentrated effort try, so there's that.
Per usual...we'll see where this series goes!
Artist and Art Teacher