For more years than I care to think about I’ve been blocked with painting. For a long time I was frozen in indecision over the subject matter. I couldn’t think what would be a worthwhile subject for a painting. A few years ago I started doing abstract paintings and that helped for a while. But since we've been in Mexico and I have some free time to fill I’ve had kind of a breakthrough. By thinking of myself not as an artist but as a student I can paint just about anything I feel like, because it’s all just for learning and practice. This has been really freeing for me. Now I can take a look at the photos I’ve taken and decide to try to paint one. If I don’t like the result I can try again. Or abandon it and choose something else.
Since I started doing water colours with Peggy in mid-December I’ve done several paintings. Peggy has a saying: It’s just a piece of paper. And that helps me remember that I’m still learning… and always will be. Now I have a couple of completed paintings here and a couple more that are in process. And I’m still having fun.
Yesterday I got my sister set up to paint a rooster and she’s having fun too. She says she never thought she could paint but she's also discovering that it’s not such a big deal.
Tomorrow I’m going back to the oil painting group that I went to last Friday and I’m going to try to paint this image,
which I found in a pile of papers at Berthe, the teacher's place. I hope I’ve chosen something that will allow me to have some success. But even if I don’t I will have learned something about oil painting. It’s the process not the product. I get it now!