I am painting from my own photos, and I'll be making collages of my paintings one day each week from Pic Monkey. I took these photos recently with painting them in mind.
I have found an interesting thing about painting every day. It makes me feel like I am doing something good for myself. First of all, the discipline is helpful for me and it even spills over into other areas of my life where I need that sense of being consistent. Secondly, I am learning. I feel a little bit bad that I have gone back to acrylics instead of forging on with watercolor-but I haven't given them up-I just needed to have a bit of a boost, painting with what is most familiar to me. I love using photos to paint from, but I also like to paint from life. Both are good-both are teachers in different ways.
I was remembering my brief time spent in college for art-a painting class. The professor held up one of my paintings and asked the other students if they saw it for sale at Woolworth's department store-would they buy it? Meaning-you have wasted the class time with this junk. The teacher wasn't much older than the rest of us, and we never did get to see his own art....I happen to strongly believe that shaming someone-no matter what the subject is-NEVER brings about the change that is needed. It is plain horrible to do to someone.
In that particular case-I was very young and resilient and turned out a huge amount of awful art in that class until I stopped going to college all together.
My very best teacher was in high school. She let me work at whatever I wanted to-and I WORKED HARD. I loved it-I thrived, I learned, I felt good about ME. I even won a medal for art and a trophy.
So I plan to have Fridays as my day for showing what I have painted all week-starting next Friday. I want to thank you for leaving comments-it helps me to keep on with the work!