On doctor’s “orders” I’ve been struggling to lose weight. The biggest problem I’ve discovered is swallowing. Now that art classes have resumed I think I’ve solved the “swallowing problem” . . . I’m painting . . .
Taking a painting class as well as life drawing. Because of a class schedule mix-up, the class is oil PORTRAIT PAINTING – a bit more advanced than I am and I use acrylic paint which is a bit trickier for portraits. Luckily the assignments are using photographs which are already reduced to 2 dimensions, making it a bit easier.
The teacher, mercifully, explained that paintings go through ugly stages and with each layer of paint the image gets a bit more refined.
It occurred to me that in life we go through ugly stages before we become more refined. Like paintings we all have layers and layers of “stuff” beneath the surface of what others see. Here’s a Peek at mine (painting that is, not life):
He’s not quite finished . . . like life, the closer I look the more I find that needs changing, tweaking . . . and like my hair . . . re-coloring . . .
Practice makes perfect . . . so they say . . . I’m practicing using just 3 colors burnt Umber, raw Siena and white.
These are all studies in value which is training my eye to see darks, lights and midtones. It’s easier when using just one or two colors and right now I’m all for easier.
The biggest problem using the back of food boxes is I have to eat the food first.
Attended a painting workshop today at Art & Creativity for Healing a wonderful non-profit for which I helped facilitate workshops many years ago.
Laurie Zagon the founder and creator of the Art4Healing® method has created a wonderful vehicle to express feelings using color. It’s not about making “art” but about processing thoughts, feelings and experiences using paint. Today’s workshop was “Painting Hope”.
The paintings are done very rapidly so that intuition rather than artistic skill is the focus. And it’s hard to be skillful when make-up sponges and q-tips are used instead of brushes!
Please check out Art 4 Healing.org. Their mission is to support emotional healing through art & creative expression for those living in pain, grief, fear or stress.
There are on-line video workshops available to everyone, anywhere. Proceeds go towards providing free workshops to organizations such as wounded veterans, Children’s Hospital and woman’s shelters.
If you want to see my explanation of Prayer of Hope click here The HeART of Spirituality!
round, round, around in our minds
obscuring what’s real
All is connected
round, round, around in our souls
encircled by love
(poem with 2 “haiku verses”, Haiku Horizons’ prompt CIRCLE)
The Princess loves her pea
For without it
She’d be like you and me.
Assignment was to do an illustration for The Princess & The Pea using a credit card as our “paint brush”. The horizontal lines represent the mattresses and the big round green thing is a vegetable.
I started the illustration by smearing paint with a credit card over the entire paper: