Saturday, February 08, 2014
Mickey Mouse for Breakfast
Many thanks to our neighbor, Skip, for bringing us some gorgeous farm fresh eggs. I think he intended for us to eat them (and we did eat some), but I just had to paint the blue/green shells!
And now for my next helpful tip. TIP #2: This one came from my husband. He suggested I buy a giant roll of canvas, cut shapes out (vaguely square and rectangular), tape them to a board, and do little studies on them. This seemed like a good idea but I didn't realize how GREAT an idea it was until I actually did it. At first I was reluctant because it seemed like time wasted. But the benefit was that I had a total mental shift from: this is something I am going to sell so it has to be good - TO - this is a chance for me to try anything, and no one will ever have to see it! After I did a couple of little studies I had a whole new plan of attack for my non-studies. I will do more of these on a regular basis, whenever I feel like I'm tightening back up again. And no, please don't tell me I can always stretch the canvas afterwards - the whole point is that I won't!
A quick note about tips and suggestions. One big thing I've discovered in my life is that I need different things at different times, and sometimes those things are exactly the opposite. For example, when I first started painting I needed a schedule to keep me from procrastinating. Now I need the opposite. So even though these tips I'm sharing are working for me, now, they may not be right for you. Each of us has to figure out what we need and when, and THAT is the hard part.