|1. JACKSON BOUQUET before drying|
When are you the "most you", when you aren't filling the role of parent, provider, friend, or even artist; when there are no expectations from other people or from yourself? What fills you with peace, recharges your batteries, refreshes you? Paint the activity or object or location that represents you being simply yourself.
|2. JACKSON BOUQUET after first drying|
Stay "in the moment" as you paint it and let yourself go. Painting is ultimately personal. Give yourself permission to express yourself in your art.
This was the challenge at Daily Paintworks a couple of weeks ago. It is a great incentive to let go and be yourself, although it may take a bit of practice to free your mind.
The first attempt is like taking a one week vacation, when you are just starting to relax and you have to go back to work. So perhaps it should be a series, gradually becoming more relaxed and more free until it captures the essence of you.
Although I didn't have time to do the exercise, I remembered this Abstract Expressionist piece in honour of Jackson Pollock. It is a tiny Mini Masterpiece, so there wasn't much chance to throw the paint around like he did, but I do remember feeling completely happy, free and in the zone when I was creating it.
|3. JACKSON BOUQUET after retouching|
I have since discovered gloss medium, airbrush medium and Gamvar and would like to create more Abstract Expressionist paintings to see how they enhance this technique. I have a show in September where a series of such paintings would make a great display, so hopefully I will have time to make them.
If you decide to do this exercise, you can find the original challenge here. It is free to post on DPW for these challenges and a great way to get you work in front of many buyers.
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