I did finally remember some of the strategies I need to use so that I can still make paintings, but not hurt my hand. These two have just been completed and although I feel unsatisfied about the scale of the pods in regards to the size of the block, I do like them quite a bit. I am planning to work on 12 x 12 canvases next and see what happens. I am also going to try different seed pod shapes. One of my favorite thoughts for a long time has been about the concept of "seeds of ideas" and I think these little paintings capture that for me. They are for sale on Etsy if you can't live without them. I titled one Seeds of Ideas and the other Last Day of School.
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