Friday, June 3, 2011
simplify and take your time
One visit was to just look. The second visit was to just put down an underpainting. The third visit I adjusted the underpainting to accurate values and big shapes. All that work made it much easier to just take my time and add pastel. The pastel began as "bookends"- lightest light and darkest dark, then straight to the diva. As it unfolded I relaxed more (finally) as I am starting to feel more like myself.
Casey noted yesterday that I am working bigger. Yes, that's true. Part of my goal was to increase size. That's also why I needed to slow down. Covering a 20x10 with pastel is slow going.
I think I may survive this. When I realized that just being here and painting upright for long periods of time was a feat. Hard to believe that one month ago I was still painting on the floor for very short periods. It reminds me of how grateful I am to everyone who has helped get me through this.
PS I just finished a long horizontal. It's my fave so far. I will post it tomorrow.