I wasn’t sure about sharing this particular image… It’s my first attempt at painting with acrylics, after reading Flora Bowley’s book “Brave Intuitive Painting” – which I chose as the Best Book of 2014.
In the book, there’s an exercise where you commit to covering up at least 3/4 of what you’ve painted, four times – Flora describes it as “covering up the good to make way for the great.” This is my first layer, and unfortunately, in my case, it was more like covering up the mediocre to make way for the bloomin’ awful…!
The reason I’m sharing this is because I know that in any creative work, as in Life, the important part is the process rather than the outcome.
When I started this December Reflections challenge, I was posting a photo each day. Mainly from my archives, it has to be said – but nonetheless, I was keeping up with the daily challenge.
After about a week, though, I started to fall behind – and I wasn’t sure whether it was because I was getting lazy, or perhaps because nobody in the #DecemberReflections Flickr group had “liked” any of my photos, so I was feeling a bit disconnected from the other people in the community.
But then it occurred to me that I was taking a long time to find the “perfect” photograph to match each daily prompt. In other words, I was focusing on the outcome, and forgetting that the important thing is sharing the process – which is why I decided to share this imperfect painting and write this blog post.