“Figuring it Out” 5×5 oil on canvas

A little hummingbird on day 10 while I think about what comes next. I used some linseed oil to thin down the paint a bit. Even though I still painted most of it with my knife, I didn’t pile the paint on thick as is my normal tendency but instead smoothed it out over the surface. I was going for less– in paint, in shapes, in detail, in number of strokes.

What I love most about daily painting is the freedom to experiment. To flit from one thing to the next. To hover here and there until you find a place to land.

All my paintings from the month will be available February 3 at the gallery and online February 6.

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Written by Denise Hopkins

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