Last year my new year’s resolution was to embrace change. I planned to change in all regards – big and small. Drink more water, clean out my closets ( have 4 sizes of clothes and I’m pretty sure I’ll never see the smallest 2 again), attend schooling shows with Bubs and improve our scores each ride, and work on the business of my art. At the end of the year, I accomplished only a few things. And that just gives more incentive to change this year!
This is my initial step toward big change for 2014 – an acrylic painting – the first. Well, I did paint two in college so technically this is the third. But its the first in my style and the first in over 30 years.
This painting, “Audition”, is a big change for me. I’ve been blabbering about acrylic pieces for years. I have a stack of 10+ blank canvas in my art room that have been taunting me for years. This piece is a door to new ways of painting and exploring my work and I’m very excited about this new path.
When I began to sketch on the canvas with wet tan paint, I was terrified. With my regular gouache paint, the composition is finished before I begin painting. I paint shapes and the color butts against each other – no overlapping. I can’t make a mistake because I can’t paint over a color. But with acrylic, if you mess up, you paint over it. This is a change, a freedom I’ve never experienced. So by the time I finished my tan sketch I had talked myself into relaxing and having fun with this new medium. And this was the big step I had to take for change – accept what this new medium can do and just go for it.
I have dozens of gouache paintings I hope to complete this year and NOW I also have dozens of acrylic pieces as well. I’m very excited about this big change in my work and setting a tone for embracing change for the year.
If you’d like to see Audition from sketch to finished piece, check out its SKETCH BLOG POST!