Thursday, March 26, 2015

Elephant frenzy

10" x 8" x 0.5" acrylic on canvas
To keep the animal theme going, I did an elephant painting this afternoon.  It's got it's issues, but it was a fast frenzy of paint, which is what I like.  The faster I paint, the less hung up I get on details, which makes it more fun.  Fast messy painting also helps me to go with my first impressions - "here's a shadow",  "I like how this surface goes", "blob of  stuff I don't care about"...     and I don't worry about how it will come together.  I use mostly one brush and don't wash it off often.  Which is probably bad painting form.

I've heard writers say that's the way to go about writing.  Just write what comes to mind without self-editing to keep the flow going.  And then later go back to edit.  

What else is like that?  I like doing things that way.  If I try to plan too much, I get bored and I'm not sure how things will go anyway.  So just jump in, have fun,  and see what happens.  

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