My challenge of 4 paintings in one day

I’ve had a good week off and today’s the penultimate day.

Morning prayer verses spoke to me:

Psalm 104:23 Then man goes out to his work, to his labor until evening.

Isaiah 43:21 The people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

So I set the day before God and asked for his guidance. As I thought about my painting and art I decided I’m a bit like a kid that’s been let loose in a sweet shop. I feel like having a go at something new. I read about artists swapping cards they’ve painted – who would have thought!!! sounds like a good idea and I am tempted. BUT then I look at the framed pictures hanging on the cupboard in my art room and feel drawn to complete the last 5 spaces. Each one is post card size.

The pictures in it are from various things I’ve done and many of them were cut from larger pictures that hadn’t totally worked out.

I found a flower I did in 2019 on a CARM – The Creative Arts Retreat Movement that’s the right size. I don’t know why I hadn’t already put it in the frame.

So – today’s challenge is to do 4 small pictures – or at least make a start. Some people say you should work on more than one piece at a time. So at the start of the week it was a HUGE (for me) piece and now some small ones (postcard size).

Work in progress
In progress
Wet thin paper waiting to dry and stain the paper underneath

The first one to be finished was the watercolour – the only one where there was a plan of what it would turn out like. Wet on wet splodges of colour. Then when dry I added some more colour where I thought the flowers and stems would be. After they had dried I very quickly added the black. I wonder if I should have gone more carefully. I accidentally dated it for tomorrow, which is my eldest daughter’s birthday. So I sent a photo of it to her.

Birthday Flowers for Frances

The next to be completed was the doodle. I had closed my eyes and drawn a continuous line with a pencil and then filled in with water colour, gradually adding layers but sticking with yellow, orange and red. The border was in brown. I was going to do zentangle but decided to stick with the lines. I like the way they add depth.

Line Doodle

The next one to be declared finished was the watercolour where I had started with some green, blue and red shapes. I didn’t know what to do with it so I got some acrylic paint and daubed on it with a dark red and yellow ochre. After a while of looking at it I thought I could sense a fence, some flowers and maybe a tree. I added some black pen but wasn’t pleased with the effect so got some brown paint then green. The result was OK I though.

Tree and flowers

Finally I set to with the last one. I had peeled off the bits of paper to discover that the green had not left a stain, but the orange and red had left a feint colouring. I wasn’t surprised as the instructions had said to use tissue paper and this was just think art paper. I got a paint pallet shaped like a flower and placed it in various places on the paper and drew round it with a black pen. Then I dabbed the circles on. I love this technique. I use a cork from a sherry bottle, dip it into the paint and then make marks with it. Next I got some oil pastels and did some shading. After a while I thought the circles could become flowers. And then I discerned some leaf shapes and created them.

Flowers and leaves

Next job was to see if they actually fitted the frame! And voila! Here’s the result:

Various small pieces – most with a memory attached.

So I end the day thankful for the opportunity to simply get engrossed in doing some art. It doesn’t matter that they aren’t masterpieces. I have learnt and grown by doing them. Whilst they are perhaps not strictly speaking mindfulness and art – I was engrossed and going with my instinct, which is a big part of mindfulness.

Which is your favourite and why?

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