I've been thinking of doing this for so long I can't believe I've actually started.
I wanted to make sure I was actually going to do it before I mentioned it at all. What was that saying about if you tell someone you are going to do something you have more chance of doing it?? or is it the other way round??....
Well today is Day 11, so I am one third of the way through. So it looks like I'm going in the right direction!
30 days, 30 paintings. No rules. It's just quick loosen up exercises. And those who know me know I have a lot of loosening up to do!!
When I was at LMMer Joan Glen-Martin's house painting, Joan told me to turn around so she could check to see if there was any reason why I was so ANAL!
This is what she said about the day....
"You were stuck, many of us get stuck and who knows what is going to un-stick us? Its sort of like a toy train going round on a track, the kid driving it sets the points to change direction but the points are faulty and the train just keeps on going round the same old track. Kid gets fed up and chucks the toy! Then can't seem to pick it up again to have another go. In this case Mum or dad might help.
So along I came oiled your points and off you went in a different direction. What was the oil? I don't really know, but you did need some space for your head to clear. Some gentle humour to cheer you up. And a chance to just do what you wanted.
Once you'd picked up the paint brush, and that was your decision you were off. Then you got into the mosaic and you really got a shift on, never seen a mosaic done so quick!
One thing I do know it was good for both of us, to have some friendship, fun and girlie time!"
I still suffer from the blank canvas syndrome.
I am not an artist, I know nothing about compostition etc... I need this to get over myself.
That's why I acted this out on the plinth in Trafalgar Square.
So here it is my loosening up journey! If any of you want to join me you are welcome. There were a few people doing this challenge when I joined LMM. If you have done one I would love to hear about it.
So far I have been painting on wall paper liner, which I just LOVE.
After the closure of the ATC group I decided it was time to paint BIG. Something I'm not used to doing AT ALL!! So that is challenge number 1. they are 22 X 32" max. Most will be that size unless I'm in a rush.
Which incidentally is most of the time. I had to get my head round the fact that I will not finish most of these. But that is challenge number two. Finishing!
Loved it! Stared at the blank paper and was so happy when the yellow finally went down. Took me a while to like this one but I do now.
Inspired by daisy in Day1
Totally lost my way here. Not what I had in mind at all.
Did Gary's jungle challenge. Ran out of white spraypaint. Used silver instead. Was ok for the background stencil but sucked on the top stencil I need to fix it yet. Forgot to photograph it. Will add later.
Lots of silver here. Difficult to photograph.
Not very loose here am I??!! I do want to do some more work on this. Lots to do yet.
Saturday. No time for painting. Doing the teas for two cricket matches.
Playing with wax resist.
Crappy background but I like what's happening in the urn in the foreground. It reminds me of a crystal ball. Blurred images of something happening somewhere....
Palette knife only.
Another rush job, thus the smaller paper.
Playing with bleeding tissue by printing or collage. Charcoal drawing and pastel background last min...
Mother and daughter.
Feel free to send me some ideas!! This is tough!! :-)