So Last week I started with Connie of Dirty Footprints Studio the Fearless BIG 6 week painting course. These are my first 4 exercises.
I'm already soooooo excited and Joy filled with these creations, I LOVE how they turned out.
These are all painted with acrylic on BIG pieces of Cartridge paper- 24 x 36 inches.
The first exercise - was the Scribble Exercise
I just went for it :-) and just let myself go for it with big strokes of colour.
a Close up:
The Next Exercise was the Flow Line, now I just Loved this, the colours and the painting flowed, and then I felt connected and I know that this was about my hubby and Me- full of Love and Passion. The little Fear Gremlin had a go- about following the Rules of the exercise- but I just said- hey the only thing I need to do is Listen and Feel the painting.
The next exercise was Shape or Shapes, I went with a teardrop- cause that was the first thing that popped into my head. I found this exercise tricky to do- as the Fear Gremlin was right there first hesitation, first doubt:- You chose the wrong shape, you don't know what you're doing, this is a mess etc. But once I just breathed centred and just went with and stopped worrying about what it was going to look like, I found joy in my shapes.
Finally, Draw like a 5 year old- classic, this just made my heart smile :-) the first thing that popped into my head was a Chicken. So a chicken it was. First, though I thought maybe I'd just do this exercise on a smaller piece of paper- A3, to save paper to not waste paper- (there's that pesky Gremlin again) but as soon as I picked it up, I was like No WAY!! that's way too small - BIG all the way.
I love my chicken picture- I painted it with the thought, the chicken has feathers, it's orange, it has a chick - it lays eggs the grass is green and the sun is big and yellow. Trying to attach no thoughts to the process.
I think what I learned today, is that actually I love to paint BIG, that I love Colour, and that I worry way too much about wasting paint, wasting paper, wasting time. And that I have a thing about painting to the Rules, whatever those might be. But that I can let go of that and just Flow and feel the Joy of being BIG and colourful.
Here's to week 2 of BIG