Come see the show at Centennial Arts Center. The gallery show opens June 15, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with an artist reception and will remain on display through August 2, 2018.
As a painter eyesight is very important. Mine has been troubling me lately. As a result, I will be having cataract surgery today. It is early to need it but then I have been extremely nearsighted all my life.
I remember when I finally got glasses. I could no longer see the writing on the chalk board, even sitting on the front row. The first day I came back to school wearing my new glasses I still was not seeing the chalk board. I was too busy noticing that trees had individual leaves, seeing that birds and insects were actually visible. I am hoping for a similar affect after the surgery.
It is not quite going as I hoped. But I will continue to try seeing what kind of layering I can do that will end up making the areas look like glistening, rough rocks amid wet smooth leaves. I will not allow the fear of failure rule my painting.
Finally, this afternoon, I wandered back up here and picked up a brush. I have worked for an hour and a half now. I need to let an area dry. Now I want to know how it will turn out. I am trying something new, not radical but still an experiment.
I had been on a trip, a very nice one. But I have been back for over a week. I have still yet to take up my brush and apply paint. I come up, look at the painting, and just cannot overcome my fear that I will not be able to pick up where I left off. I did clean off the old acrylic paint on my palette this morning. Then found myself leaving.
I have been reading ‘STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST” by Austin Kleon. I identified with his statement near the end of the book concerning routines.
“Inertia is the death of creativity. You have to stay in the grove. When you get out of the groove, you start to dread the work, because you know it’s going to suck for a while- it’s going to suck until you get back into the flow.”
That is so true for me.
Boy I hate it when one layer of my painting looks so good I fear adding other layers in case it will ruin the work I have already done, meanwhile knowing what I have done may be pretty but does not fit with the rest of the painting. I suddenly find chores I need to do that have nothing to do with art. Alright, I need to accept this part may not work and just experiment. Sometime I find it did work and other times that it did not. And just maybe my new attempt works even better. In my painting Early Fall #5 I found that the middle leaf came together only after leaving it to the last. I had tried a number of times but none of the attempts worked. At the end I had no other options but to paint it. Once I quit worrying it worked out even better than I had planned. In this case I liked the leather look the paint came up with