Day 29. Intuition

“Follow Your Intuition” 9×12 inches, oil on paper

My art studio is a 300 square foot storage room underneath our raised house. I have an AC unit but no heat, so for a handful of days during the year it’s miserably cold. Those days are almost always in January. Those days have been all the recent ones.

So I set up a little table easel in the backroom of my gallery. I meant for it to be just for one day or so, but I have enjoyed leaving my house so much to paint, I’ve stayed at that little make-shift workspace for the last two weeks. The lighting isn’t good. It’s cramped, and yet the change of scenery feels exactly right.

From this space, these images on paper have emerged. They come almost entirely from my imagination, and I don’t know what they are going to look like until they arrive. They are freeing because I do not have to move my eyes back and forth from reference image to painting. I have only to look at the surface in front of me and see what happens.

These paintings are about trusting my training. Trusting that I know enough about proportions and shapes and lines to use and bend and break the “rules.”


Please note: All 31 paintings will be on display at our gallery celebration February 24th from 5-8pm. The show will also feature other artists who have been part of a 31 in 31 community.

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Denise Hopkins

January 29, 2024

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