Commitment: the state of being emotionally impelled to do something. My commitment is to making art, loving life and doing well.

Daily Artworks... my continuing challenge for 2015: Observe and record. Record and observe. And stretch - s-t-r-e-t-c-h - myself.
What will I discover?

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Art Every Day Month - November 29

A Tray of Gingerbread Cookies

All the activity at home this weekend has been baking, and baking gingerbread cookies, in particular. The whole house smells spicy and warm.

Baking, like painting, is a precise activity, with a certain tolerance for error, but with a critical eye for the characteristics and conditions of those errors.

I could beat myself up over accidental backflows in my watercolor washes, in the same way that I could reject a batch of cookies which got burned on the bottom.
I could do both those things, but right now, I won't.
I know I will become a better painter and a better baker, if I acknowledge my accidents and the mistakes that caused them, and watch next time so I don't make those mistakes.
I may make other mistakes, but, if I stay alert and remain aware of what I am doing, I will continue to improve.

And I will continue to enjoy what I am doing.
It's a bonus for me that other folks enjoy what I am doing, both paintings and cookies!


Leah said...

yum!! i thought those were actual cookies! so fabulous, i can almost smell them. and a great attitude about it all too.

Patty said...

I LOVE this challenge you've committed to. And the way you wrapped it up is absolutely charming - and beautifully realized. Like Leah, I too thought you'd taken a picture of your days' work in the kitchen.
Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us.

Mavis said...

Hi Leah and Patricia:
This painting was a fun one to tied in with our holiday cookie baking this weekend, and allowed me to try out mixing some sedimentary colors that give an unpredictable but attractive result.
Thank you both for your support this month. I really do appreciate the sense of community here!


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