I’ve been prepping the exposition. I’ve got some free time on my hands so it was time to lose myself in painting.
What do I paint? I didn’t know what to paint when I started this streak. So I asked my friends to throw me some lines in the friend’s WhatsApp group and I wrote those down on the canvas. Now I’m adding an effect.
For the finished, full colour experience, you’ll have to come to the exposition. But this picture shows the contrast in the painting, the lines that flow next to eachother, meet eachother halfway and create new shapes.
So the past time has been full of creative opportunities.
I wanted to extend it a bit and be creative together, not in isolation. So I asked a friend to come paint. He was enthusiastic about it – which is good (it means that he doesn’t feel he’s limited by his 10 year streak of not drawing anything). He painted a green Volkswagen Beetle on a smaller canvas, which, like my work, is still in progress.
It’s good. The proportions are right. He was painting enthusiastically, coming up with new ideas during our smoking/vaping breaks (smoking is still a hurdle).
It feels good to share the opportunity to be creative. I’ve got the materials, why not influence others to do more productive things with their time than Netflixing?
An ex-roommate visited me yesterday. I asked him to arrange a part of the colour scheme for the big painting. He seemed hesistant at first, but engaged in problem solving with a lot of focus later. He tested the colours, looked closely at the painting to see what the paint looked like when dried. After arranging the paints in an order that seemed fit, he gave the paints his blessing, had another cup of tea, received a box of watercolour paints, brushes and paper from me and left.
I gave him the paints because he said it seemed fun to paint with his partner when they had time to spare. Why not? It’s fun!
Until the next time.