Day 24. Run this run.


“A lot on my mind”  6×6, oil on canvas

Here’s something that happens a lot on one of those guided runs I do: The coach says, “You may feel like picking up the pace. Sometimes it takes discipline not to go faster even when you you can. This is a recovery run. I want you to run this run and not a different one.” 

Here’s something that happens a lot during my 31 in 31: I want to bust out of the rhythm of small paintings because I’m getting a little tired of them. I want to create something really BIG with a whole lot going on. I want to scratch away at layers and build and re do, add and subtract. But I’m going to run this run, do this practice because I believe that it sets me up for bigger pieces throughout the rest of the year. One month of small, focused and above all else steady. One month where I create absolutely nothing (brand new resolution for 2022 coming at ya, or rather not coming at ya, circa August) and ten months to paint all the things– big, small, simple, elaborate, exploratory, routine. 

So for now, today’s painting, another in the series, this time in profile and this time with a goldfinch I’m trying to decide if I should redo and make smaller. Sometimes what you’ve got on your mind takes up a lot of room? Right? 

I’m slowly but surely getting all the paintings from the month ready for our gallery party which is February 4th from 6-8pm. Live music and other performances + art by other members of the 31 group. 


Picture of Denise Hopkins

Denise Hopkins

January 24, 2022

Share Post

One Response

Leave a Reply


Related Blog Posts

Day 31. If you want to go far…

  “If You Want to go Far” 24×30 inches, oil on canvas I started this month with a bike, and...

View Post
Day 30. Reteach a thing its loveliness.

“The Bud Stands for All Things” 24×24 inches, oil on paper I discovered this poem last week by Galway Kinnell...

View Post
Day 29. Intuition

“Follow Your Intuition” 9×12 inches, oil on paper My art studio is a 300 square foot storage room underneath our...

View Post

Privacy Policy

This following document sets forth the Privacy Policy for this website. We are bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Crh), which sets out a number of principles concerning the privacy of individuals using this website.

Collection of your personal information

We collect Non-Personally Identifiable Information from visitors to this Website. Non-Personally Identifiable Information is information that cannot by itself be used to identify a particular person or entity, and may include your IP host address, pages viewed, browser type, Internet browsing and usage habits, advertisements that you click on, Internet Service Provider, domain name, the time/date of your visit to this Website, the referring URL and your computer’s operating system.

Free offers & opt-ins

Participation in providing your email address in return for an offer from this site is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose your information. You may unsubscribe at any time so that you will not receive future emails.

Sharing of your personal information

Your personal information that we collect as a result of you purchasing our products & services, will NOT be shared with any third party, nor will it be used for unsolicited email marketing or spam. We may send you occasional marketing material in relation to our design services. What Information Do We Collect? If you choose to correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses.