Saturday, April 05, 2014

Learning to Have Fun


The painting above was such fun to do.  I am posting this to start a series of blog articles about a journey towards having fun.  I have been so serious about my art, trying to be perfect and accepted.  Through it all if forgot to accept my art myself and to have fun.

This painting started out as an abstract painting assignment as part of the Painting Faces Online class taught by Judy Wise.  Katie Kendrick highly recommended this class so I decided to put all other online classes on hold for the month of April and concentrate on this class.  It was the best decision, but back to the painting above.  After making marks on the page, putting an initial layer of paint, covering that layer with clear gesso and finger painting with more colors, I sat to look and see what spoke to me.  I saw two big eyes (I seem to have something with eyes), anyway, I drew in the eyes and realized that what I wanted to draw was a clown and it morphed from there.  Drawing and painting on the diagonal made the clown look like he was falling, so I decided to give him a hat that was falling off.  I laughed as I was painting, it made me happy, so happy that I am going to get it framed.

Each morning when we get a new assignment, I have to have a serious talk with myself.  "Glenda we are going to have fun today.  If you need to play that video 100 times, you will get the technique."  I have my own style, it is being perfected and this new found zest for fun and enjoyment is spreading to other areas of my life and my art.  I am smiling as I write this because this all falls into my plan of preparing for my 65th birthday….a monumental time that will be filled with joy and wonder.

Next in this series will the Calla Lilies that became tulips..It is a blockbuster

Until next time…..pilgrim

10 comments:

Marianne Lanuti said...

Glenda you have taught me a new way. I want to dance. I think more people should consider dancing

Glenda Hoagland said...

Thank you Marianne.

The Creative Beast said...

I love this painting so much - this clown is OOZING playful fun!!! Looking forward to the series on having fun in art-making - I BELIEVE this is how ALL newbie artists should approach art learning; seriousness can come later, MUCH later! ;)

Glenda Hoagland said...

Monica, you always know the right thing to say. Thanks so much.

Createology said...

Hello Glenda. How nice to "meet" you through NLWM and Lindsay's blog feature. This clown is such fun and how great that you are allowing yourself to enjoy the process. Creative Art Bliss...

Glenda Hoagland said...

To creatology, thank you so much for the kind comments. Nice to meet you also.

Michele Unger said...

Great post, Glenda! I love your clown almost as much as I have come to love you and your joyous spirit!

Hugs to you.

Glenda Hoagland said...

Michele, you know that you are my sister from another mother. Thanks so much for your warm words. Love to you

Cynthia of Cynful Creations said...

Glenda, found your blog via Lindsay's post. I just got signed up for Judy's Faces class so I'm looking forward to having fun with her assignments too. Love your clown!

Glenda Hoagland said...

Thank you Cynthia. You will love the class.