Mile 1: Ready? Set. Go!Posted: January 18, 2010
Mile One is complete! The first email came on Friday when I was in New Orleans, and I had all my tools with me, but of course I didn’t take the time to start a marathon while I was on vacation. I’m proud of all those runners who work out no matter what day it is, but I’m just not there yet! I was excited all day to get started though. I was inspired by something pink and grey today, so I decided to step out of my box and use colors that I honestly never use (call me Mother Earth-Tone). It’s a bit Heffalumps and Woozles, isn’t it? The outline of the painting was provided to us, so it made it a bit easier to take that first step.
I had actually done this particular painting when I purchased Whitney’s paint kit last year —-> —-> —-> —-> —-> —-> and I really like how it turned out, so I hated to paint over it. Plus wouldn’t it be cheating if I used a months-old work as my very first of 26 paintings? So, I dug out my pencil box, sketched the outlines, and started all over! I’ve found that I gravitate toward painting trees, so this was a perfectly comfortable start.
This will get painted over in the next day or two, an act that will definitely take some getting used to, but it gives me the freedom to take some risks that I wouldn’t normally take if the painting would potentially be hanging on my (or someone else’s) wall. I’m hoping to be able to move quicker and with more confidence as the paintings progress and as I become more “creatively fit!”