‘Boom Bird’ – Day 277/365

‘Boom Bird’ – Day 277/365

This is what my man would call a badd-bing-badda-boom painting. “Just like that” he says.⁠

Yes, just like that. I painted this in 40 minutes. Mainly out of necessity (the dogs needed walking and other work deadlines were looming)⁠

But “just like that” 10 months into painting every single day – and for about 7 of those months for hours on end.⁠
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In the beginning, I didn’t have the skill, the confidence or the expression of self to even know how to begin doing something like this. Being so loose and so free with my colours and techniques took a truckload of patience and very nitpicky painting on my part.⁠
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In that sense, I think the painting process is very much endothermic before it can become exothermic. It’s painstaking before it’s passionate. It listens before its ready to talk.⁠
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So without the sitting and the quieting down and the taking on of your own self, you can’t ever expect to have anything to release.⁠
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Don’t give up on your creative expression because it’s not flowing. It’s just not flowing yet. ⁠
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Plod through it and you’ll begin arriving at multiple places where the water flows freer from your tap. But give yourself the serenity and tolerance and perseverance to build that muscle.⁠
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Artists never tell you that. You see their work and think they just woke up one day and could just do that. Maybe that’s true for some, but it wasn’t for me and I just wanted to share that with you. 🙏⁠

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