Wednesday, February 18, 2009
8 X 10 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
S O L D
Lately, I’ve been wiping more paintings than I’ve been keeping. This must be a period of growth because I haven’t been satisfied with any of my work lately. I know what you’re thinking, that all artists feel this way from time to time, but it’s a frustrating stage nevertheless.
Questions keep running through my head. Who am I as a painter? Who do I want to be? What am I saying in my work? Do I have a unique point of view?
After a lot of thought and many conversations with my painting buddy Dori, I’ve partially answered some of these questions (though I reserve the right to change my mind later).
Who am I as a painter – I’m still working that out, BUT I know that I like thick paint and bold brushwork. Lately, I’ve veered away from that.
Who do I want to be – The best me I can be (silly sounding but true). I want to have a strong sense of composition (something I’ve been working on), bold confident brushwork and unexpected color.
What am I saying in my work and do I have a unique point of view - Questions I’m still working on. They may never be completely answered. I often wonder if the artists I look up to have found their own answers. Hey, Richard Schmid, if you’re reading this I’d love to hear your thoughts (HA! I think he has a few more pressing things to do than read my little blog).
How about you, have you found any answers?
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