Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Beginning Another Work

With the Blast Off class over, affirmations in place, and a plan in hand, I began a new painting. The last thing I needed to do was listen to a phone interview by Alyson B. Stanfield with the author Eric Maisel, on his interesting book, Ten Zen Seconds.

I chose one of the last photos I took of the vegetable share haul and spent a good amount of time sketching in the subjects. The paper is one of the large sheets of Canson watercolor paper I bought a while ago. Yes, I know, it's not Arches, but it will have to do for now.

Since I wanted to get the proportions right, I made a grid with pencil lines and lightly drew in the items. I wanted to try out the new Isabey brush I purchased to see how it would work. It's a size 12, large sable hair brush and it holds alot of water, if that's a good thing.

While I painted I listened to the interview and many of the things discussed resonated with me. Maisel talked about his work with artists and the overwhelm they encounter while trying to work, getting the work out there, promoting and talking about their work. It's so interesting in that it's the truth. Where to start? How to do it?

The anxiety of it all causes some of us to freeze. I know that well. Ever hear the phrase "When in doubt, don't"? That's what happens. If we don't know what to do, we do nothing. Well, Maisel said that overwhelm can be helped by saying certain affirmations that he called incantations, together with deep breathing. Zen. He explained that after doing the exercise, artists find they can continue.

It makes plenty of sense. I think I'm need to get his book from the library after listening to this interview.

As I listened I painted. After the 30 minute interview was over, I kept on painting. I must have worked for 2 hours, slowly playing with the new brush and the paints.

Usually I'm done at 20 minutes, but this is large paper. It took some time. And I could wreck my work if I'm not careful. So when I saw the time I stopped and took this photo.

The process is still the focus. Another 100 paintings challenge is on the horizon so I have to make it count and work the time schedule. The Blast Off class and all the resources I have from it will help push my agenda.

Let's see how it goes.


  1. Dora, the colors are bright and sunny and reminding me of Greece in the summer! love your art and enjoy your blog.

    1. Gina! Thank you so much! I need that color in this drab weather!

  2. beautiful, i love seeing the process, I also love playing with new brushes and paint, I can't wait to see this completed but I understand the joy is in the process, for me it is that way,

    1. Thanks Laurie! I like seeing the process too. It's good to step away from the work with a photograph to see where I'm going.

  3. Oh, I love these colours, what a great start!