Day two of my daily paint-a-thon with small abstract studies. So I find this process to be quite interesting. Giving myself a short time-frame to complete a small piece requires the mind to let go of so much...focus is on the basics of shape, color and composition while resisting the temptation to get lost in small details. The result is so much looser (and less stressful!) The inner critic never gets a chance to butt in and start wagging her finger - she is shut down by pure concentration and being in the moment.
This painting reminds me of long drives through the countryside in Bucks County Pennsylvania years ago. Barns, old buildings, rolling hills and meadows. Something I don't see much of here in South Florida! But it is serene and reminiscent of those drives, just enough to make me smile when I glance at it.
One of the rules of this process is that you cannot go back and make adjustments to the piece the next day. If there is something you don't like, either paint over the piece or make sure you don't repeat the mistake in the next piece you paint. No hanging on to paintings you don't like. This greatly appeals to the part of me who feels the weight of pieces I've kept which I never truly loved, and never felt inspired to re-work. Yesterday, this resulted in my tackling my art inventory with a ruthless eye and creating a pile to be painted over in the coming weeks. It was much like a tidying exercise for my closet (which I absolutely love doing) and I felt immediately lighter and more motivated to create.
Of course, my husband gets a little nervous when he sees me on a tidying rampage, and I am certain I saw him hiding a bunch of baseball hats in the back of his car yesterday - just in case I was heading to his side of the closet.