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20For20 Day 9: Lightness

Work harder doesn't guarantee better results, especially in painting. Growing up I was thought to work hard and to endure difficulties without complaint. But painting is not only about hard work or heavy responsibility to my communicate a deep insight about our society.

I want my painting practice to be about the enjoyment of painting, the pleasure of brushstrokes and thick paint. When I think about lightness in my painting practice, I want my painting to be a celebration of this brief time when I can do something just for fun, for myself.

In today's painting practice I worked on painting the muted blue-green values in the background. I especially like how the blues contrast with the black window frame shapes and the white light from the window. I feel like the time I spent on my notan sketches is making this part of the process easier.

As part of #20For20ArtChallenge2022, I am reading from The Power of Daily Practice: How Creative and Performing Artists (and Everyone Else) Can Finally Meet Their Goals by Eric Maisel, PhD. Part I of the book covers 20 Elements of Practice. In this blog post series 20For20, I write about one Element every day and reflect on how to incorporate the Element into my daily painting practice.

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