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Day thirteen of #365daysofYAY

Today I took the leap!! Carl meticulously built me two 3 foot square canvases, down to stretching the canvas and I painstakingly gave them three coats of gesso and one of them a coat of shocking red orange and then . . . . let it set there for weeks. Starting a new piece of art is always intimidating because I have this fear of not being able to translate what is inside of my head onto the blank slate. Today my plan was to be doing some admin, but Quickbooks Online was offline and all of my other work was finished, so I jumped in and started laying down more color. Shortly after I started I received a notification that Quickbooks was back up and running, but by then it was too late. I'd committed. I wanted to work with the paint before it dried, which can be tricky with acrylic as it dries quickly compared to oils, which you can work and rework for a long time. My working title is . . . wait for it . . . . Ketchup and Mustard!!! Just Kidding. I'm experimenting with color and I'll be experimenting with texture as I move along, adding some of Golden's super cool acrylic mediums to build up the surface of the canvas. My inspiration for this piece and maybe more are the far away aerial photographs taken of places like the geysers of Yellowstone - that sulfuric yellow and orange. Painting abstractly is so soothing to me. It's like meditation and like a magical discovery to see what is going to happen next. Even though I have a vision in my head of how I want it to be, it's like a treasure hunt to see if I can recreate it. And one thing is for sure. No manicures when I'm in the painting season. My hands are always covered in paint. It feels SO GOOD to be painting again. What is making you say YAY! Please share in the comments or on social media with the hashtag #365daysofYAY
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