Day 8. This is about art. This is also not about art.

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”3.22″ global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row” _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” global_colors_info=”{}” column_structure=”2_3,1_3″][et_pb_column type=”2_3″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” global_colors_info=”{}” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”4.11.3″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” hover_enabled=”0″ global_colors_info=”{}” sticky_enabled=”0″]

“Your turn to lead” 10×10, oil on canvas

I looked at my notes from the guided “best advice ever” run. They were a hot mess– ever try to type and jog at the same time? But I knew what I meant even if autocorrect left some questionable lessons. 

One of the pieces of advice was that every run has a porpoise, I mean purpose,  and coach encourages you to think about that at the start. Is the purpose of the run to clear your head, beat a time, improve your fitness, think about a big decision you have coming up, enjoy nature, explore a new trail? 

When I apply this to my art practice it releases me from unnecessary pressures. Not every painting’s purpose is to create something completely awe-inspiring and new. Today’s wasn’t. The purpose for today’s painting was to explore a familiar subject using a long-forgotten tool– a brush! I wanted to capture the spirit of the band with as few strokes as possible. And sure, when it was all said and done, I took my trusty palette knives to it, added some bits of texture here and there. But I formed the shapes with a brush just because I wanted to mix it up. It was a trail I’d run a hundred times but not for quite some time. Oh, hey, old friend, I remember you! 

I started painting brass bands years ago. The goal this round was not to get caught up in fingers or foreheads but rather general shapes and colors. 

One of the refrains on the guided run is, “This is about running. This is also not about running.” This resonates with me deeply when I replace running with making art. When I let it, my studio practice trickles into the other aspects of my life– am I too focused on the details? Do I need to step back and see the “bigger picture”? Am I giving something a bigger and more intense purpose than it needs? Does every family dinner have to end with heartfelt affirmations of love and admiration or do some exist just to build what can look like a boring but important routine?

Sometimes I like to imagine that a brass band is following me as I go through a mundane day, celebrating my little victories– finding that envelope I lost, remembering to send that email, having a great but hard conversation. Sometimes the purpose of a day, a painting, a moment is to celebrate.

What’s the unique purpose of your art or practice today? 

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_3″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” global_colors_info=”{}” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_sidebar area=”sidebar-1″ admin_label=”Sidebar” _builder_version=”3.0.74″ remove_border=”off” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_sidebar][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]
Picture of Denise Hopkins

Denise Hopkins

January 8, 2022

Share Post

2 Responses

  1. What a great post, Denise. Lots of good stuff to think about here, things I need to think about! Your painting is gorgeous and fresh. You can see the beautiful relationship your awakened with your brush. Love it all. You are an inspiration, my friend!

Leave a Reply

blog

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.