In my quest to keep decluttering, I recently watched some videos that were passed on to me by my mentor, Dan Hines.
Watching the master, Stephen Quiller, paint an amazing landscape, it struck me that I should add some colors to my palette. After painting with a four color palette for over 15 years, why I thought this was a good idea is still buzzing in my brain.
Perhaps it’s my upcoming social security check that made me to decide to splurge. If not now, when? And if these twelve colors were good enough for him, surely they could shake up the studio.
It has not been easy.
I cleaned my palette to the bones. Not an easy task after years of color in the same wells. It was sparkly white as I labeled the wells. Something I didn’t need with just a four color palette.
A trip to the local art supply is always a treat. So I was rather thrilled when I got home….a little too much as I over squeezed one tube of fresh new paint all over my pristine palette. No problem, I’ll just clean it up.
When I picked up the open palette, the hinge broke. Sending the palette to the floor….face down. Now there were puddles of fresh paint on the floor. No problem, I’ll just clean it up.
Oops….that’s not the orange I wanted. Okay, we’ll go back to the art store tomorrow to exchange the orange and buy a new palette.
Once they were all on the palette, I found myself not loving the vibe.
Normally I am very accepting of change. This has been a bit weird.
So today, I actually got to paint with the colors. It was awkward and unfamiliar. The paints haven’t yet to be transferred to a new palette. Figured I needed something familiar besides my brushes for now.
A simple floral, always a favorite to paint. Not feeling a big difference with the exception of the ultramarine blue, and missing my Quinacridone Sienna. And I found myself making more mud than usual. So many choices.
Resisting I guess. Even this blog has been a bit difficult. For some reason I kept deleting the photos. Yeah, I’m sure that’s a sign too.
Change is inevitable, but this change was a choice. We often don’t have a choice in the changes in our life. I am going to use this change to stretch and grow. Sometimes those changes that we don’t chose can be viewed the same.
But frankly……We’ll see how long the palette stays full,
“Did You Art Today?”