I painted a little bit today, but didn't get anything ready yet, so I also made a lyricsgirl. Luckily, painting went a lot smoother today, although I had to struggle through some very frustrating "aarrghhh"-moments in the process.
When this happens I always have to think about my workshop with Flora Bowley, and how she says her paintings go through the "ugly teenagers phase". She says it takes time for paintings to figure out who they want to be when they grow up, and it takes a lot of patience and courage to get through this. I love that analogy. And it is so true! Every painting I make, whether it's a small miniature painting or a big canvas, goes at least once through a phase where I think I'll never get it right. But if you work through it, it will get better, really! To remind myself of that, I've started to make pictures of my paintings whenever I think nothing good will ever come out of it, and I feel like throwing the paintbrush out of the window, together with the painting. Sometimes I can't believe how ugly they've been before they get better. It really helps to stick with it and work through it.
So sometimes it's really relaxing to do a lyricsgirl. Although, when I do something wrong here, it can't be fixed anymore. Markers are very unforgiving. In this lyricsgirl I'm not happy with the way I did the lyrics, but hey, I need to post something, and it'll have to do. The lyrics are from Heather Nova, background is done with pan pastels.
Two more faces! Only two more faces! Can't believe how fast this month has gone by. I'll miss the challenge, and at the same time I'm feeling relief that next week I won't have to post and produce every day anymore. I need to focus a bit more on other things now, like getting my Etsy-shop in order. But I hope I can still hold on to the habit of doing something creative every day.
Thanks for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow with face #28!