after i posted this collage on monday i just kept looking at it and thinking it needed more. i do this quite frequently. it is not at all unusual for me to revise and revisit a canvas a couple of times before i put the top layer of protection on it. that is one of the things i like best about paper collage-- it is quite forgiving and easy to cover up and/or fix. so on this one i squirted some sea foam green scrapbook paint out on my palette. i wadded up a plastic grocery bag and started dabbing the bag into the paint and onto the canvas. this was a total first-time experiment and as always i was a bit anxious that i would completely mess the project up. but i loved it. sometimes you CAN'T have too much of a good thing SO i did the same thing with a shade of grape scrapbook paint (but with a bit more moderation). this extra layer added just the right sea-like effect and was a huge improvement to the finished piece. i can now walk by the canvas as it sits on an old antique dining chair in my art room without thinking, "i don't like it; it needs something else".
i must say that at this stage of my life i tend to revisit old thoughts, feelings and experiences quite frequently as well. even though i can't revise what happened in the past i am able to reconsider how i feel about them now that i can see them from a distance. i have a more mature and settled outlook on life and i'm able to cut myself a bit more slack. being accepted and liked is not a huge priority for me. what matters more is that i like me and am happy with the course i am setting for myself. this journey in art and self-expression has been a long time coming and i plan to stay the course and enjoy the ride for as long as possible!
quote for the day::
two roads diverged in a wood, and i--
i took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.
robert frost, the road not taken