Day 5. Also, When Things Go Bad

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So this marks Day 5 of my 100 daily paintings project. It would be dishonest if I didn't tell you that this painting was a real struggle. I had to sit and stare at it half finished for a long time before the geometry started to come together. But I'm so glad I did it, because I really like where it is headed. I may come back around to this style in a few more weeks.

This brings me around to one of the reasons why I so love painting small. Many people have asked me if I have anything bigger to show. I do have a few larger pieces that I am working on. But painting small lets me experiment with my techniques and style in a way that painting larger does not.

When I paint small I feel relatively unattached to the outcome of any single painting. If it doesn't turn out quite right, I just paint over it the next day. No big deal. Eventually something lovely emerges, and I carry on. This experiment is a journey, not a destination. And so for now, small is the new big.

And on that note, here is a sad little painting that happened a month or so ago. I tried to paint while Finn was also painting in the studio. He kept asking questions and needed help mixing colors. It was a really hot day, so my paint kept drying on the canvas and on my palette. My poor bathing beauty turned into a mud-faced swamp creature.

So I let it go, helped Finn with his cupcake painting, and turned the sad creature into a happy abstract the next day. Moving on!

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