Friday, March 20, 2009

Glazing and New Habits

Here is the iris still life with the first layer of glaze. The colors are cad yellow and dio purple. I used Liquin as a glazing medium. I like the way it goes on very smoothly. I also like to glaze with Res-n-gel because it's nontoxic, although it dries pretty shiny. 

I've been painting away steadily on an almost daily basis, and have several other paintings underway. Just need to keep up with this blog!

On the personal side, I've heard of a book named A Complaint Free World, by minister Will Bowen (Doubleday, 2007). It's a challenge: Can you drop the habit of complaining? If so your life will improve substantially.  Bowen says according to scientific studies, it would take 21 days to change a habit. So the challenge is to go 21 days without complaining, also without gossiping or criticizing. There is a bracelet you can wear and whenever you goof up, you change it to the other wrist and start over. I've got my own bracelet, not the official one, and so far  I've made it 3 days before having to start over. I'd like to get the book eventually, because I'm sure it would be a good reference book. Meanwhile I'll just keep marking my calendar.

But back to the art...Glazing is a new habit as far as I'm concerned, and it requires patience. You really do have to let previous layers DRY first before you apply glaze! Otherwise you got problems--especially with glazing acrylics, which I have been busy doing besides oils. The whole trick is to have several paintings going at once.
And the complaint-free thing means that if I mess up a painting, no whining!


Waverly said...

Today is also Noruz, a Persian holiday. It's basically the beginning of their year. So you could make it a new year's resolution if you felt like it. I'm gonna try to do more yoga.

Theresa Bayer said...

New Years resolution not to complain...sounds good to me. I'm glad to know there are several types of New Year celebrated, because I need extras to carry out my resolutions.
Happy Yoga-ing!

Heather said...

The glazing effect is lovely.
My parents got into that book with the bracelets and everything about a year ago. It is very interesting to be mindful of how much complaining we do. And what, if anything, complaining gains us. Good luck.