When it comes to painting, I’m a landscape/animal/still life/buildings kinda girl. I also tend towards using acrylic and oil paints just because they are easier and more forgiving. So when I go to art group and Anne starts talking about painting faces or portraits I have a rather strange reaction.
This is how my mind works when this happens:
- I am so not in the mood to paint faces.
- I can’t paint faces.
- Another flop painting coming up.
- Maybe I should just paint something else tonight and not join in on the group activity.
I have a similar reaction when Anne starts discussing using other types of media besides acrylic and oils.
These things are obviously outside my comfort zone. Tonight was no exception, and when Anne said we would be working on facial expressions, I was just about to opt out. Then she said we would work in water-colour and pastel – well that was me out of the equation.
Then I remembered my collage
that I made recently and how much I enjoyed making it. So I decided to participate – purely for the experience and not to produce a work of art. When I get involved in my piece, just for the great joy I get out of the process, all the pressure is relieved and I can let go and just have fun.
While my painting I did tonight is no great work of art – it was so stimulating painting it.
African woman – facial expressions, water-colour and pastel.
So from now on – I am going to try new things and push my boundaries a bit. Try it – it’s an extremely rewarding experience.
- Creativity – make time (slowvelder.wordpress.com)
- My first collage (slowvelder.wordpress.com)