I am always so thankful that nobody here ever asks to see some of the "finished" pieces that I have posted here in their beginning stages. Ahh..it is a problem and definitely one of the many signs of one artistically afflicted. I just love the way that almost sounds like artistically gifted...so close..yet so far away... Anyway to keep in the spirit of beginnings which are oh, so much fun. I have started two paintings today for creative everyday...same colours but with a different approach. Colors - quinacridone magenta, cad yellow dark, vat orange, raw umber and white. I like to find paint chips from the paint store that intrigue me and throw me out of my comfort zone...some very interesting colors here that I would never think to combine.I try to keep track of the "recipe" in hopes of creating again. [caption id="attachment_1282" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Examples of mark making"][/caption] Do you notice any difference? The first (pictured below) is all about marks...lots of lines, squiggly and straight.Lots of hard lines with definite boundaries.Pattern. [caption id="attachment_1281" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Example One - mark making"][/caption] The second is all about the continuation of colour. Still lots of lines and pattern (because I just couldn't help myself...my brain just couldn't seem to stop my hand from scribbling..odd), but I tried to use a lot of water and medium to spread and blend.This will take practice. [caption id="attachment_1280" align="aligncenter" width="989" caption="Example Two - mark making"][/caption] So kind of different, but kind of...not. It makes me laugh to see a lot of the same shapes and forms within both. Non-intentional, just the brain taking over. I also wanted to just keep it to the above paint chip colors..I am not sure why I am doing this. I am just curious more than anything... So, these have become my designated project for Creative Everyday this week. I am not "allowed" to start any other projects until these are finished. Someone please hold me accountable! Off now to squint, stand upside down, have a couple of glasses of wine...anything.. so I can start seeing some images emerge from these. A few hours later...(using example two) [caption id="attachment_1284" align="aligncenter" width="1020" caption="things are starting to appear..."][/caption] Oh, surprise, surprise...poppies are starting to appear. I just cant help it... I would love to see some of your marks. Leave a link in the comment section if you have some examples to share! See you tomorrow! p.s. I have some very exciting news to share with you tomorrow...it will make you smile...it will make you dance....some will even shout with joy! Stay tuned!