I don’t give a rat’s ass about football- then again, I don’t make it a habit to distribute disembodied rodent body parts to express my disdain about anything else either. So I put off going to the grocery store as long as possible this morning. On my way, I noticed that one of the sets of stoplights was all wonky- the green circles were split into little horizontal strips that were blinking at different intervals. So when I sat down in the studio, I got out a canvas panel and started out with this:
From there, I decided to stay with the theme of positivity and began clipping words from scraps I’d already used out of Capote’s pages:
Then I felt like the background lines should be fuzzy so the circle would be more in focus:
I sat there pondering my next move for a second. Chester snuck in to offer some encouragement from underneath the easel..
..and suggested I add some color. So I did..
While I was adding the rosy tones to the background, I decided I wanted to insert some of that same conflict I’d touched on in yesterday’s piece- the wanting to change to a positive perspective amidst the adversity of being a natural born worrier and the tendency to focus on the negative, which seems to be like the default setting for human brains. I found the word “nightmares” and added it in to the background..
..And knew I needed to darken it up from that point after I had done some more underpainting of yellow in the circle:
Then I did some thin washes of blue over the lower half and whitewashed the upper half..
And finished it off with some red. One of my favorite classes in college was a class about abstraction. The teacher had said abstracts tend to be emotional, which initially, I thought was a bunch of hogwash (where do these lovely turns of phrase come from, anyway??). Up to that point, I’d only done realistic pieces by choice. Now, when I have a lot of emotion, I tend to make abstract pieces. But I like them so much better with the words in them.