I don't know why, but the last couple of days have been really hard for me. Ashlee left, my cellphone absolutely died, and I was under the impression I could get a loan from school so I could finally buy my own computer, and all they said they would give me was $190. What a joke. Needless to say I was upset. I've just been upset... so after my costume design class today I came home and I started on a painting I had been thinking about. I can get so caught up in all my computer tricks that I can forget that I really do know how to paint, and I should be practicing. So, whenever I paint I set goals for myself and the painting, and since there are usually people in my paintings I set goals for them too.
I decided that I was going to use a palette that I don't normally use (I wanted it to be more masculine).
I wanted to paint a boy who loved Bob Dylan (I never paint or draw boys).
I wanted to work on unifying my painting by using thin washes of acrylic paint.
I wanted to use a combination of acyrilic and oil as I never have and always say I will
I wanted to create a light source within the painting.
I followed all my own rules and I met all my goals for the painting, and it made me feel better about my life. It is nice to go back to basics and remember that things are allowed to be simple.