365, Day 49: No Net

365, Day 49

Most of these little paintings have happened without any, or much, in the way of drawing other than my drawing in the 1″ circle before I paint. I’ve previously done a fair bit of botanical illustration which is heavy on drawing and accuracy so painting without a drawing- and just painting from my imagination- is, I find, slightly terrifying. There’s always the thought in my head that I’m going to screw it all up. It’s like working without a net.

When I initially painted this feather, it just looked confusing. I couldn’t see the feather on the page…I walked away from it for a few minutes and came back. I was able to work with the painting and bring out the curve and dimensionality I think was missing from it originally.

Sometimes, trying to rework a painting doesn’t. Work, that is. Sometimes it does. There are no guarantees. No net, really. Pretty much ever. Unless you hold the thought that it’s just a painting…paper, pigment, water. Some paintings don’t turn out the way I wanted or expected. Some days are like that, too. Large chunks of my life are actually like that.

(© Karen Opp. All rights reserved.)

About Karen

I am a fifty-something anthropology student, an artist, dancer, photographer, healer, mother, grandmother and perennial seeker. I am distracted by shiny things and infused with a sense of wonder at the world around me and people in general. I am a “journey” person who often wishes that I could have a “destination” day at least every now and then…
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