Painting New Year

Brush-WasherMy “painting year” starts in September right alongside the school year. It was in September that I began working in oils with my very first painting class in the fall of 2004. It’s been five great years of pursuing a passion, doing what I believe I was created to do.

Once every year to mark this beginning (and out of necessity), I clean out my brush washer. Rubber gloves, Swiss Army knife, paper towels, plastic bag — it’s as close to surgery as I ever want to get. The hardest part is extracting the strainer out with my knife. There’s so much build up caked around it. After cleaning the brush washer out (of about a pound of sediment), I refill it with fresh Turpenoid. I use exactly one gallon per year. I have an empty can down in my basement for every year I’ve been painting. It’s part sentimentality and maybe part laziness.

This annual “ritual” signals a kind of fresh start, a time to reflect on the past year and a time to look forward to what the new year may bring to my art life. I think I grew a lot this past year, doing more figurative and landscape painting. This year, I hope to do larger works and definitely more figurative, all while building up another pound of sediment and going through another gallon of turp, of course.


~ by aaroncaycedokimura on September 3, 2009.

2 Responses to “Painting New Year”

  1. Happy new year! I hope you enjoy your work & feel
    satisfaction and success in the days to follow
    Take care,

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