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A big part of my creative journey is choosing to finishing the following sentence: What would happen if....
The 20 Day Painting Challenge gives me a platform to finish this sentence in a multitude of different ways.
What would happen if....I painted with my eyes closed.
While I put colours on the canvas before closing my eyes, the actual work of painting this abstract was done with eyes firmly shut.
What would happen if....I attempted to recreate a favourite moment from a trip we took to Italy in 2006?
This was an interesting exercise, and surprisingly relaxing. I could have played with this painting all day, just for the joy of it.
What would happen if....I painted something inspired by the move The Goonies?
This was a tougher one as there are not a lot of reference photos from the mid-80s film that are online. However, I did find one that resonated with me.
What would happen if....I painted a portrait of Al Capone based on his mug shot?
I waffled back and forth between going small or going large with this one. It was clear that I was meant to go big and did this portrait on a 30” x 40” canvas. It is probably meant for someone’s entertainment room or some fella’s man cave.
I actually visited the cell that Capone occupied at Alcatraz. That was one of my most visceral historical experiences as it was a cold and nasty day on that little island in San Francisco Bay. With a small number of tourists, I had quite a tour.
I have a whole bunch of prompts that were shared by fans and friends in a hat, waiting for the potential of getting pulled in the next two weeks. I have no idea what other “What would happen if...” sentences will get completed between now and the end of the challenge.