Goliath Puppy (sold)
8″ x 6″
oil on panel
©2010 Tracy Wall
Finished my final weekend outdoor art festival of the year. Once again, Mother Nature gave us three fabulous classic late summer days. Thank you to all who visited!
I tried a ‘first’ this weekend: painting during the show. Depending on crowds, there is typically down time during the festival where I’m standing around waiting. Reminding myself that I complain about my lack of time to paint, a thought crossed my mind: If all I’ve got here is ample time, could I actually paint during the festival?
I’ve tried it once before and did not like it and got very little done. Didn’t like people looking over my shoulder. But that was just one time, and I’m a far different painter now than I was then. I decided to give it a go; what better opportunity to take a chance! It’s all about letting go of the old habits, fears and the “what if’s”, right?
I was a nervous about it. Instead of trying to paint from life, I gathered up some photographs that I thought I might pull off. The above painting is one I completed then; it’s of “Golly”, a pooch living with my brother’s family in WI.
Turns out I had fun doing them! Some came out nice, others …. well …. need some work. Either way, it caused folks to stop and look, and gave everyone easy conversation starters (a lot of times chit chat can be a struggle at these types of shows). So not only did I face a few fears, but I also got four small paintings done. When given the chance, I’d do it again!
PS: My biggest surprise though is that I spent two afternoons painting, and didn’t get a lick of paint on any clothes (even a white shirt!).