The Creative Endeavors Thread Sails Outside Its Comfort Zone

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So with a week and a day still to go, this might be my most creative (or at least productive) month on record; I’ve done almost thirty pieces between drawings and paintings, and I’ve been regularly experimenting like never before. The latter include acrylic paintings on cardboard, marker drawings on cardstock, and finally working extensively with oils. I painted half a canvas just to try out the medium a few months ago, but left off afterward; the months-long wait to varnish and mount was a bridge too far. On the other hand, I woke up early Sunday morning and couldn’t get back to sleep, and decided on a whim to try and knock out the rest. Here’s Sunshine Quarry (oil on canvas).

Just turned out to be another abstract landscape (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but it’s a step forward, and it was kind of a thrill to finally get acquainted with such a historically iconic surface/medium combo. Between that, the fertile effect of Inktober, and last but not least having a nice chat with the sort-of-potential lady of interest (who had a small show this weekend) in which she wondered why I hadn’t tried to show anything myself, I feel like I’m on the cusp of a lot more experimentation. So having laid all that out, have you taken any unusual creative risks or stepped outside your comfort zone lately?

Another housekeeping note: the Sign-Up Sheets appear to run out at the end of the month and I’m not sure how to make another one (or if that’s possible if you’re not a mod). I’m happy to take over posting for the 7th if necessary, but the format in general seems to be working pretty well, and it’d be nice to see other folks make their own posts, not least due to the different insights likely to result.