“Tall Draft” and 2014 Word of the Year: Leap

Tall Draft, 36"x36", ©Tracy Wall

Tall Draft
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.

Grey Draft ©Tracy Wall

Grey Draft, 8″x8″, ©Tracy Wall, (sold)

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!

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About Tracy Wall

I'm an artist and massage therapist living in Denver, Colorado.
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