For the last painting in the series, this precious pug painting:
Mixed media on canvas
100 / 100 Days of Dog Doodles
6″ x 8″
She comes by her name both ironically and by a little piece of the original page that is still visible: What Metal Is The Most Valuable? and So Precious are still clearly visible under the layers.
Ironically because one important thing I’ve learned through daily(ish) painting is that you can’t afford to be too precious with your work, or else you will drive yourself insane. I don’t have hours on end to work, just a tiny patch in the morning if I’m lucky. (Today, I was not lucky. What 6 year old wakes up at 6 in the morning all on her own? Come on!)
And yet, that is how I have worked for too long. Trying so hard to get everything just. so. It’s like a straight jacket. This whole series has been about working towards looser and looser expression for me. More and more authentic, more and more flow. Less and less perfectionism.
She is available in the shop if you’re looking for a unique and precious little painting for your own walls.
Now the project is over. Done. 100 dog paintings, finished! Whoosh! Very, very few of them were actually doodles.
I don’t know what to do next. I have a stack of notebooks crammed full of ideas, though. I think the very next thing is to take a breather. A breather that is going to include a little vacation, a creative workshop, and hopefully a visit to the Visionary Art Museum.
NO WAIT SORRY: the very, VERY next thing is happening tomorrow in the form of a book release. See you then! (And then, a breather.)
ONE MORE THING:
I thought it would be interesting to see day 1 and day 100 next to each other.
(You can also easily see the whole series here)