Small portrait – WIP
I’m an active member of the Australian Art Forum, and we have a wonderful programme of setting challenges in a specific timeframe. I’ve been involved in every one, and have managed to reach my goals – to begin with it was a great kick along, and made me produce a lot of work in a short time frame – something I always felt guilty about doing.
This latest challenge is over a 4 month period – quiet a long time for the challenge, and it is completely self-set, so I have been turning around and around wondering what I can do to make it personally and artistically rewarding at this difficult time in my development.
Making the switch from acrylics to oils is exciting, and I have had a few forays going back to the acrylics – but it hasn’t been terribly satisfying. The oils feel better and are nicer to work with but I don’t know myself with them yet. So I’m stuck in the middle and feeling a bit pulled in all directions.
One day I decide my challenge will be just to be nice to myself – to let myself grow within the new medium quietly. The next day I remember I have deadlines to meet, and I must get cracking. Eeek! What’s a girl to do…….
So, I have decided, MY winter challenge will be to complete the show for Hudson by the end of the challenge – all small portraits and small works in oil. Not a specified number or works – I’ll just see what I can do, and get to know my medium by doing that. On the way, I’ll be doing large works as well, but my aim is by the end of the winter challenge, to be working almost exclusively in oils and handling them them easily.