30 in 30: Day 22 Original Portrait Painting

"Tracee" acrylics on 16.5x23.7 heavy paper, Available
“Tracee” acrylics on 16.5×23.7 heavy paper, Available

Oh, don’t you love when inspiration just bite you in the bum and next thing you know you’re off! That was me today. I’m pacing (racing, rather) trying to catch up in the 30 in 30 challenge. I refuse to drop out and being the overachiever, I actually want to do 30 paintings before this weekend ends.

This painting was inspired by today’s muse, the gorgeous Tracee Ellis Ross. Some of you may remember her from “Girlfriends”? Her character Joan was my icon. I would watch that show and get an idea of what a “real” lawyer’s life looked like (back when I was hell-bent on being an attorney). Friends, relationships, aging, all of it. I miss that show.

She has such a great energy about her and I snapped several of photos from her Instagram gallery for inspiration. Thanks for viewing!

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My Intuitive Painting Adventure – Abstracts

This blog post speaks to my experience right now and wanted to share it. Abstract painting is so therapeutic and a nice change from my usual art rhythm!

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In the process of doing my intuitive painting course, I encountered and had to work through some things in myself. The most significant of these was the all- too-familiar “not good enough” voice, and the occasional perfectionism engendered by it. I had to learn that it was really about the process and having fun, learning to approach painting with the openness and wonder of a child. If I happened to like the results, that’s great. I can hang it up and enjoy it. If not, that’s ok, because the benefits were in the act of creating.

All of that said, it has taken me some months to be ready to put some of it out here for others to see.

Although, as a viewer of art I have tended to prefer representational or impressionistic styles, I found that I actually enjoy painting abstracts more. I love the freedom to play…

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