Friday, April 15, 2011
four posts in one week? i must be insane. this is because i took connie's 21 secrets abstract adventures workshop yesterday and had the urge to paint something huge right then with her fearless painting process; it could wait no longer. the storms were coming and the winds were feisty so i knew there wasn't much time. i rushed to fetch the kids and didn't even stop to look at a huge blowup sumo wrestler doll that was straddling two sides of 8th street downtown, much as i wanted to know what that was all about. we did not have time to get big watercolor pads, so i chopped up grocery bags, pieced them together quilt-style with masking tape into one huge sheet, and then, since we didn't have an easel that big, i taped the sucker to our deck, for otherwise it would have sailed away. i had a bunch of liquitex at hand so we grabbed some brushes and outdoors we went.
now kids are already fearless in wielding a paintbrush, and i had two of them working either end of this, so i had to split myself in two for this project -- one half to let loose on the paper, and the other to stand firm guard to make sure our house and garage did not become embattled in paint. sure enough i lost myself in one corner of the painting for long enough for our white garage door to get a bath in forest green, so i spent a half hour scrubbing it clean, finishing just before the storm arrived. we had the time of their lives painting this, but selfishly i cannot wait to get a few moments to do this project all alone, where i can get lost in my head and follow my intuition without consequence! thank you, connie -- i needed this!