I've been camping in a figurative way. I basically pitched my tent and have stayed a while on a lovely plateau. I've been camping in the land of faces and I've really been having a lot of fun painting and taking the time to study them. I've spent about a month here - working on skills and really noticing a positive difference. I will say that it really does make a difference to stay in one spot with one focus and really get to know one thing. Good things come from tunnel vision.
Yet, like any good camping experience there is a time to move on - a time to break camp. I still haven't figured why oddball things to paint come to my brain. I've been so focused on faces and then I couldn't get bugs off my mind - specifically beetles. The thought wouldn't go away until they were complete. I've learned to not question it any more - I just paint. I used to get stressed about what I paint and whether it fits a style or even makes sense to be painting faces then painting bugs - and now I have a giant horse on my work table and a whole lotta bird ideas flitting through my brain. Not sure when I'll be back in the land of faces, but I do hope to do 29 Faces this year - coming in February :)