Having all caught up with my DLP art journal prompts, I have turned my attention to catching up on all my missed Life Book lessons. The first lesson I tackled was delivered by Flora Bowley and was about painting intuitively and layering a painting by adding, removing, covering up and revealing elements. While I feel I am getting better at intuitive painting that works towards a more focused objective – such as creating a face – I really do not seem to chime with intuitive abstract painting. It is definitely useful to learn what one is not good at as well as what one actually has potential in. Intuitive abstract painting and I don’t create much spark of potential.
Life Book lessons have taught me that artwork often goes through an ugly phase and that it is necessary to just keep ploughing forwards so that all the disparate, clashing elements pull together into a cohesive and visually appealing whole. This piece, however, went through an ugly phase which I added to and took away from and still it was ugly. I added and removed some more. Still ugly. I scraped white paint across the whole thing. Much paler but no less ugly. Smeared more paint on. Better, much better, but still ugly. Then I was bang out of time so I quickly did a bit of utterly thoughtless printing with objects and mark-making.
Ugly but lesson completed. Lesson learned. Mission accomplished and I am totally OK with it.