Monday, September 29, 2014
be willing to sacrifice
I was taught that the most difficult decisions are between two good things. Thus when you are painting you have to always be willing to sacrifice. Nothing is precious. So what if one passage in the paintings is beautiful. Does the whole painting work? Are you tip-toeing around to keep one piece?
The answer was yes....tiptoeing and going nowhere!
Now the painting has changed incredibly so in search of that feel I want. I was tormented by this painting. It has been 4.5 months of frustration. Finally, I sanded it down and then ..... I threw paint at it. I mixed up a color that I would usually not choose from my more neutral earth colors.
"So there, you nasty painting!" I thought when I stuck it to the painting.
Next, in a frenzy, I scrubbed a ton more paint on it. After a few hours of scrubbing I felt better and so did the painting!
Sacrifice the good for hope of great.
I have learned that when I paint a specific place with intention of making that specific place I get tied up in knots.
Anyone else have similar stories?