“The Blue Angst” + “The Hooker’s Green Hue Dog” – distraction

While working on my small canvases yesterday I realized that I should stop for the day after I finish a canvas. First of all to start a painting after you were intensely involved with another one is just unproductive. All energy was spent. You need some time to recuperate and be ready mentally and physically for another work. This applies especially when you begin working with colors that have some qualities and energy you are not familiar with yet. You need some time to get used to them. They will dictate and lead your energy. If you are not ready to face that you just begin doing whatever on a canvas, understanding later that all that you did was just a waste of time and energy.

Well, yesterday while I was working on The Blue Angst, C. came over and asked if I wanted to go to B. with him. I am so glad that he distracted me from this painting. It was a perfect time for me to put my brush down and let the painting be.

I snapped a pic of The Blue Angst before I left.

It is very bizarre how I like all these imperfections in the painting. While looking at it I feel every stroke I made. It is strangely imperfectly perfect. It has become one of my favorite pieces. I even put it on my wall. The painting works surprisingly well next to my north facing window.

The character in The Blue Angst has this look towards the window as if affected by it.

After we came back from B. I went to work on my dark green small painting (The Hooker’s Green Hue Dog). I was just not going anywhere with it. By the end of the day I just covered half of it with a thick layer of green. Another half of the canvas I covered with a thick layer of white.

Another canvas is seen on the easel below the finished The Blue Angst on the wall.

This showed me that I need to get my energy back to where it should be when deciding to work on a new painting. The canvas now has all these “imperfections” I made yesterday. It is going to be interesting to see how I solve some challenges by painting what I am planning to paint on it.

My eyes were connecting lines from The Hooker’s Green Hue Dog with lines of The Blue Angst.

I woke up with a clear idea about what should be done on this canvas and on a new big canvas I bought yesterday.

Originally written on 10-10-17

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