I have discovered The Joy of Painting. Not the TV show, which I used to love to watch just to see that guy be so passionate and joyful, but my own joy in it. I never had that. Never. After a year of art school in which I learned to hate art, I never did another painting. But this weekend, I viewed some youtube videos on abstract art and KNEW that was what I wanted to do. So I did my first abstract painting since 1988! Another thing is that it was my first time using heavy body acrylics, namely Liquitex Heavy Body, and wow does that make the difference. I did NOT know what I was missing. Impasto…I love you. I broke all the rules here. I even threw down the brush five minutes in and painted with a couple of plastic palette knives, including the end of the handle! All this angst over what’s a good brush, how much should I pay, yadda yadda yadda…and I do my first painting, the first painting I did in pure joy, with 10 cent palette knives. I call it, “Anything But Brushes.” Here ya go:
I’m so stoked. Cannot wait to do more.