5 minute painting
Work in progress
daily painting: 365 day art project
Created on Dec 1st, 2017
Sometimes you want to run away, sometimes you think you do, but you never had a dream like this before and you don’t want to ask for more, sometimes you leave a mark before you know the score. -Ric Ocasek
This is the beginning of my new theme for the month of December. 5 minute painting!! Laaaa!
I want to start off by saying, I never begin a painting this way. I usually either immediately start putting down collage papers or I prep the canvas with modeling or molding paste. I’ve written about my dislike for painting directly on canvas many times in the past, but to quickly recap, I’ve never liked the texture or look of finished canvas paintings. Too much of the canvas texture shows through, and I lose sight of the painting..all I can see is the canvas underneath the painting. It’s too distracting to me. I know, I’m weird, and I mean no offense to artists who paint directly on canvas, for sure. It’s just one of my little idiosyncrasies.
Since I only had 5 minutes, and knew I needed a photo to show my progress, I decided to forgo my usual routine. I was leaning toward using modeling paste, not collage papers, but then all I’d have to show for my time was a white canvas. I figured that would be a boring way to start this challenge. Instead, I thought eh, I can get past all the crazy in my head about canvas texture, no problem. I got busy making marks. The whole time I was doing it, all I could think was ugh. I HATE this. I didn’t like how the chalk and pastels felt or looked going on the canvas.
I kept pushing forward because 1. TICK TOCK – TIMER! and 2. my goal on this day, which I quickly made up in my head to distract me from my weird canvas phobia was to completely cover the entire canvas. I must say, even though I didn’t like the process or the result, it was still a success. I had a smile on my face as I threw my arms up in the air when the timer went off. It was a fun start to a new month of daily painting.
Reading: The Immersive Power of Painting (a painting truth you can learn too late) – this is somewhat similar to what I wrote last week about 5 minute painting. Maybe? Just a little?