My typical approach to art is full-throttle.
I work rapidly, exuberantly, impatiently, impulsively.
I almost always finish a piece in one sitting.
I don't like to wait between layers.
I've turned lots of pieces to mud by adding a new color too soon, and wrecked a fair amount of markers by writing on not-quite-dry pages.
So when the 40 day creativity experiment began on November 11th, I decided to use this as an experiment in self-control. I will work on this big gessoed paper bag for 40 consecutive days, and I will only add ONE LAYER per day. No matter how much it pains me to walk away.
Day 1: No vision.
Smeared orange paint with my hands.
Day 2: Looked for something I don't usually use.
Smeared burnt umber paint with my hands.
Day 3: Used a brayer to add a layer of gesso.
No plan whatsoever.
Day 4: Sprayed some walnut ink.
Day 5: Rubbed on some teal paint with a baby wipe.
Day 6: Adhered some torn book pages with gel medium.
Flying by the seat of my pants.
Day 7: Rubbed gesso over the text.
No clue where I'm going with this.
Day 8: Used gesso and a stencil to add circles.
Today is the first day I walk away knowing what I want to do to it tomorrow.
And it's killing me not to do it RIGHT NOW.
I'm almost twitching.
But instead, I'm going to bed.
Look at me, practicing restraint.