The Journey Journal

My last post was about trying to let go of the need for perfection and to just experience the painting as it is.  It's been a huge struggle for me. The first couple paintings were incredible. Then the critic in my head showed up. I'm not giving up though!

I recently signed up for an artist's workshop in September. It's all the way in North Carolina...which means I'll have to fly to get there. And I HATE to fly.  Like, I need to be medicated.  So, you know I must really want  to go since I've overlooked that whole flying thing!! The workshop will be total immersion into abstract painting. I have no experience in abstract so I'm anxious but excited.

Since I'm also very impatient and don't want to wait until September to learn, I've been watching a lot of videos on YouTube about intuitive and abstract painting. One artist in particular named Donna Downey does a weekly vlog called "Inspiration Wednesday". She paints in a journal with all sorts of fun stuff.  I thought it was a great idea and playing in a journal will be easier for me then a canvas. Canvases can be intimidating.

So today I did my first experiment with a new journal. It was extremely fun and frustrating to do.  I originally thought I'd do a journal entry once a week like the artist. But considering I'm so new, I might try for 3 times a week.

Here is the end result today.  I used my favorite colors so I wouldn't over think things. I need to work on not letting the colors get muddy.

5-26-14 journal

5-26-14 journal