Our Many Colored Days

The past week reminded me of My Many Colored Days, a lesser known Dr. Seuss book. The weather was highly variable. So was my mood. Both were predominantly gray, which is where the story departs from Dr. Seuss.

With that introduction, I hoped you might enjoy a representation of this idea in five paintings. The series was made on the same canvas over several days. The paintings are posted in the order of their making. To be clear, I didn’t paint over the earlier paintings because my mood changed. I just wasn’t happy with something about the painting. But considering how different they are, I’m almost certain they were influenced by both internal and external conditions, which varied considerably over the course of days.

#1
#2
#3
#4
#5

Note: I’ve stopped with the final image because it feels like the most honest representation and works both right side up and upside down (as shown below). Perhaps a storm is brewing. Or, turned over, a brighter day is ahead. Both are always true. And wouldn’t life be much less interesting without our many colored days?

My Many Colored Days, 10×10 acrylic

I plan to leave this painting unsigned, to turn it over as many times as I need reminders to accept and embrace my many colored days. Will you join me?

I’d also be glad to know which painting you like best 🙂

13 thoughts on “Our Many Colored Days

    • I’ve learned to take photos before I paint over something. The journey of a painting is sometimes more interesting than the final product, so I like having a record of that 🙂

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  1. I like all the paintings, Amanda. It depends on my mood. Ha ha. Perhaps today, the second in the series speaks to me. I used to be horribly moody, but age has changed that, or perhaps I don’t rate them or qualify them as good/bad anymore. They just are. I like how the last painting changes just by turning it around. Now that is cool and a reason to smile with delight!

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    • Thanks for sharing your favorite of the moment! Retrospectively, I like #2 best also. My husband is always bummed when I paint over one he likes. He too liked that one. But I no longer grieve the lost paintings. Each teaches me something and that is enough.

      My own moodiness has attenuated with age, possibly because I more easily ride the waves and, like you, don’t tend to qualify them as good or bad 😉

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  2. OOOO Amanda! I love them all! But today I think number 4 speaks to me the loudest of all. OH the drama that is going on it that one! Every one I gazed at, then the next one and so on. Then back up to number 1. Your painting is so abstract and feminine, yet so strong and bold, the colors flowing all together. Love love love!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Paul. The idea of painting cravings intrigues me. I’m going to think about that for a bit. Most times I don’t plan a painting, but rather enjoy watching it unfold. I like painting over things to explore how something can be transformed, radically or more subtly. Mainly I like losing myself in any activity, painting being the medium that most easily allows me to do so.

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  3. I Love them all, it reminds me of adjusting a lens. The focal point changes a little each frame.
    On #5, I think I like it upside down. Second view, like a bright sky stretching out. Love your work, and the hummingbird you gifted to me.
    Thanks for taking the time to share. 💕

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