Even though I keep a daily journal, I haven’t kept an accurate timeline for all my paintings. I know by March 9th, I had painted a Baltimore Oriole, and that after completing two owls.
By then, the steroid had kicked in and so had COVID-19. (Prednisone and Proverbs)
As a result, I just lost track of exactly when my paintbrushes and I became better buddies.; it’s been within the past forty-something days, however. They have as well become good tutors – teaching me some true truths.
Now, let me tell you what I am learning from painting.*
Painting slows down a complex world. (Lynn Schwartz)
Just like a pandemic.
Here’re a few more lessons I am learning:
- Not having distractions, like a social life, wonderfully focuses the mind; or what remains of it.
- Freed from any possibility of duties, obligations, and responsibilities, I can take my time and actually think about how to proceed. Formerly, I tried to create a finished product the first or second time I faced the canvas. That didn’t work for my watercolors, either.
- Acrylic paints, however, like watercolors, should be layered. So, like watercolors, begin with a light touch.
- I am learning — finally — that having a light touch is as hard a skill to master in painting as it is in writing — and in life.
So, while I don’t have a reliable timeline, I have come to a trustworthy conclusion:
Art is love! Painting is the most joyful, the most absorbing, the most interesting thing I know. It is a positive experience (when I’m not gnashing my teeth in frustration). (Liz Reday)
PS: You might like Journaling with a Paintbrush