Jo Van L.

I have Jane's book so I have made a bunch of expanded squares. I made them five inches and black. I was never impressed with any of them so I threw them away. This time I started big 9" x 9" and purple. It is always more pleasing to me to be purple. I quickly figured out why they are not large....the white paper behind needs to be really large. My first picture is my first try. It is not impressive...then I went smaller and did more that did not impress me. Then I said the heck with it and did my favorite. It is not detailed but it is whimsical and looks figurative to me. As I was doing this I fought the voices in my head that said " you are not any good at this " and "you have seen stunning ones, yours will never look stunning". So I went with my strength, my sense of humor. Perhaps a coping skill but it got me through the exercise. Notan Man definitely my favorite.

First attempt.

First attempt.

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Notan Man.

Notan Man.