36″ x 36″
oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
© Tracy Wall
Now on to my Word of the Year (see previous post)
At this time, I’ve been feeling like I’m at a plateau. The story of this painting can help show what I mean…
I was painting some small paintings to exhibit in a miniatures show (all works 8″x10″ or smaller). Usually I paint on a brightly toned canvas or board allowing little bits of the base color to splash through.
So I was painting this blue grey draft horse on an orange canvas and what often happens after I paint the subject happened again: I end up liking the super crazy loud vivid screaming bright color in the background.
Now usually I acquiesce, saying to myself “yeah, right, like anyone is going to want that LOUD of a color on their wall”, and instead paint an equally interesting color, though a bit more traditional and subdued to hide all but just bits of the bright one behind.
But….., but I really liked this bright orange/yellow on this one. I liked how it competed with the duller colors of the interesting subject.
So I took a leap:
Ok, forget what people might think. It’s just a small little 8×8 piece, I justified to myself. Take a chance; go where my rebel gut was asking, “what if….?”
So I did. I took a leap of faith. I kept this crazy loud yellow orange around this traditional grey horse. And I still liked it!
Well, it sold before the exhibit even opened. Then a second collector saw it waiting in the gallery and wanted one as well. So I painted another. Then I super-sized it more than 4x the original size, and that third version is still awaiting a new home. (painting at the top of this post)
Lesson: go with my gut. Take a leap.
I was thrilled with the excitement and self-growth of taking a leap of faith. Some may see it as a very small leap, barely even a step. For me, it was still a leap: not just in color but in trusting myself. And that growth is what I’ve been looking for to get off of this self-labelled plateau. ** POP! ** Just the spark I was looking for.
In 2014, Leap will be my Word of the Year. Watch for my leaps!