So I'm surprised about how much of a boost of confidence I got from the outdoor painting challenge last weekend. I sat, with a friend, in a random spot and was able to take a couple of details from my surroundings that struck me as interesting, and turn it into a satisfying piece of art. No photographs needed, I didn't take it home and work on it later, it was done in one sitting and it was a great day.
Maybe it's because I didn't have as good an experience at the beach last week, attempting the same except on my own. Is it the camaraderie that makes a difference? Or were we just lucky to find inspiration around us that day?
Regardless, it's weird to be that surprised because I finish most of my paintings in one go on the regular. I work quickly. Maybe I was just doubtful that morning. The point is, I'm feeling more confident to follow ALL of my ideas, which is great because I'm on a video-making binge right now. Despite the complete lack of planning on behalf of my employer, I'm leaving them very high and dry for a couple of weeks while I do family stuff. Hopefully fun stuff. I'm on a good track to have preloaded enough videos to youtube in advance that you'll hardly realize I'm gone. No laptops are coming with me! I'm going it alone.
Except for a Tuesday vlog (May 23rd) because I won't be able to compile one.
The image above is a peek at one such future video, in which I struggle terribly to paint opals. Dang. My methods and thoughts on them, to come!
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?