I’m a little late posting my second painting for the Get Your Paint On e-course I’m taking. I had a show on Saturday afternoon – Market Day in downtown Des Moines – and I didn’t even start my painting until Sunday evening, finishing it up yesterday afternoon. For this painting, I was inspired by a photo I took last summer at Keegan’s dad’s house. I love the little barn in the background of the photo with the wildflowers in the foreground.
When I was learning to paint, we focused on realism, so I grew up thinking that a painting (of mine) wasn’t any good unless it was a photo realistic replica of the original. Conversely, I can’t name a single realist painter among my favorites, so I’m really trying to break that mental barrier. I only looked at my inspiration photo for this painting one time and then put it away. While I was painting, I tried to think about how I felt on the day I took the photography – joyful, grateful, alive. I wanted the painting to be really happy, light,and invoke my emotions at that time. I tried to focus on enjoying the process rather than the finished product and spent a lot of time building up thin layers of paint and sometimes wiping them away. The process is both fun and meditative, and it really leaves me feeling calm and invigorated at the same time. I definitely intend to continue the practice of painting at least once a week even after the class ends. I also think it would be fun, though maybe a little stressful, to do a painting a week for a year and hang them all together as an installation.