It's been 21 days since challenging myself to produce something created with oil paints everyday, and it is having a couple of effects on me and my creative process.
Firstly, a positive, I am much less concerned with "How/Where do I start?"
All the negative voices wondering what to do if I f*@cked it up have packed their bags and gone somewhere else.
BIG plus there. Learning to respect myself and my art has not been easy, and I still don't feel like I am all the way there, but slowly it's coming together.
Another plus is that mistakes don't matter. It is by it's very nature a learning process. If I don't make mistakes, I am not going to learn. Mistakes mean progress down the windy old road of oil painting.
Another product of the oil-a-day isn't so great. I've found myself slapping paint around for the sake of producing something, not because I actually have anything to paint. The result is a piece of work that is utter rubbish - not worth the paper it's painted on.
To combat this I've decided that when I don't actually have anything to paint, I'll get creative and experimental with techniques. Those works won't be paintings, but they will be lessons, which is kind of the whole point.
Thankfully, today, I do have something to paint, and it is a bit different from what I've been doing up until now. Painting on wooden board, which I have carved a design into first. Not sure if it's carving, relief work, or what to call it yet, but I have had a great time.
A big thank you to my dad who has lent me my great-great grandfather's wood carving tools.
They are truly beautiful things, easy in the hand, almost with a warmth about them.
It goes almost without saying that when I was taking a break from carving, the tools and I did a bit of a photo shoot.
They're just that gorgeous!
PS. Fingers and thumbs and knuckles know I've done a day's work today!!