Is it the end of the year or beginning of the new? I guess it depends how you look at it. Sometimes painting is the same. Am I half way done or only half way started?
I am not making predictions or setting goals this new year... (because I never keep or complete them anyway.) Instead, I am evaluating old habits, affirming my passion, and channeling my gratitude. A much better way to start... or end the year.
My first discovery for the new year is that I have developed a bad habit of painting sitting down. Now this may not be a bad habit for everybody, but I have discovered it does not do good things for me or my work.
I tend to work too close to the canvas when I am sitting and I don't move back often enough to evaluate each brush stroke. Hence, my painting quality and production suffer. I also suffer... (perhaps too strong a word). Let'as just say I get lazy not wanting to get out of my seat. The artist's version of a couch potato.
I started painting this week standing up. The effect was immediate and positive. I have better concentration, I step back every two or three brush strokes, my blood gets going, more passion in the process, I burn more calories dancing to the music in the studio.
Above is a photo of my palette. I was (standing there) admiring the rich colors when I was hit again with bad habit number two: If I like the rich color on the palette why isn't my painting reflecting that? duh.... So, I laid on some bold reds and yellows.... Now that's more like it! Oh bad habit number three....keeping the tea cup next to the turps..( that one may take a while to fix).