I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer! I have but it’s just been so hot in Frankfurt. Painting while sweaty is just no fun!

I have to confess I was in a bit of a slump for a bit, not knowing what to work on next and just feeling kind of artistically lost. To help get rid of this yucky feeling I had an idea, why not try and do one small painting in a day every so often – just to get a flow going? What would I paint though? I toyed with the idea for a while and realized that my thoughts always somehow came back to the subject of food haha! I decided to do little food still lives. So I purchased some small canvas boards and used what I had in my fridge that first day. I scrounged together a nectarine, some walnuts and a date for my first paintsnack.

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It was indeed a challenge for me! I am not one to paint fast, and I initially intended to try to get it done within an hour. This time pressure made me so aware of the time and I felt rushed. Oh man, one hour went by, then another and then another but in the end I was so happy because I had done it within the day. Go me!!! Usually I need much much longer to complete a painting and don’t let size fool you because it’s all about the details. Those are the time suckers – small does not mean less work! Before the next painting I made a little trip to the fruit and veggie market down the street and suddenly felt inspired by all the produce there. I bought the most pretty red apples and some fuzzy orange apricots. Was the produce always this beautiful? I was already excited before I had even started to paint! This was a good sign.

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During my second try I still had a hard time but I was much happier about the outcome. By the third time I had a revelation, I was painting away and really enjoying myself but still getting mad at myself for not being faster and after a while I thought – “Cindy, you are having fun! Who cares how long you spend on this? Just keep having fun”. I realized – yes! This is what it’s all about, this is why I do this, because it is fun! That apple was just so perfect with all it’s shades of red and I wanted to dive into the scene and paint it as I saw it, buzzing with life and color. So I did – guilt free and it is my favorite so far.

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I still try to limit my time but I don’t get angry about how long I need. My new criteria is to just get it done in one day. To get done faster I just have to learn to let some things go. Not everything has to be perfect but sometimes I just can’t stop until it feels right. I guess that  is what this exercise is about for me – compromise. The compromise between finding out what I am willing to let go of and what matters enough to keep working on until it is perfect in my eyes. I am so happy to have found total happiness in painting again. By going back to basics, I find myself thrilled with the prospect of cherries and blue, just pure blue because you know what? Blue is frickin’ exciting that’s why!

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p.s. You can follow my progress on Facebook and Instagram under #paintsnack  Why Paintsnack? Because my bite size paintings feature small, yummy snacks!

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1 Comment so far

  1. M

    Hi Cindy!
    I love your new art! My favorite is the cherry bowl maybe because of the bowl. I love decorating with white or maybe because of the blue. I agree blue is frickin’ exciting. Keep having fun!

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