Saturday, May 16, 2015

Fields of Blue

acrylic on canvas

I am finally wising up to the fact that when I ask friends and fellow artists to weigh in on a painting, it means I am not done, not fully satisfied that I have pushed it as far as I can.

It is as if I am hoping someone’s words will make me feel the way I feel when I know a painting is completed to the best of my ability.

This is probably the most critical thing for any artist to learn:  to learn listen to and trust in their own barometer.  Might actually be the most important thing for any human to learn!

Despite that, I do thank the people who looked at and shared their thoughts on this piece in its last iteration (see last post).

Talking with people you trust about your work can help you develop your inner listening.

Now all I need is a title…….

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Today’s Efforts

acrylic on canvas

I was home today which means painting in acrylics rather than my more usual oils.

First off, let me say, the painting in person is not quite so garishly turquoise as it is at least on my screen.

I am always taken aback by the speed of acrylics.  I find it gratifying to be able to move on to new layers, new iterations so quickly, but the tempo of it verges on panic for me.

I will need some time to figure out if this baby is done or if it pleases me.