“Progress” is a word, and a conceptual framework, that I have issues with. The notion of traveling in a linear fashion, always forward, always “improving”, getting “better”. I have found that, for me, “progress” often involves looping back and opening up, softening as much as “steeling”.
Remember Day 27 and the clouds? I went out and got some white gouche and a white gel pen to try working with light-struck clouds some more. I used the gel pen here. And panicked when I initially put down the first line thinking, oh, no, too heavy! But I found that I could use a damp brush to modify the gel pen line and “shade” the clouds with “light” (which is in itself an interesting concept).
This is new territory and the experience of playing with all of this is becoming much more about learning to be in relationship than it is about “progress” in any kind of a linear sense of “self-improvement”. And it’s much more fun that way.
Which scares the hell out of me in a lot of ways.
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