Some days of painting are easier than others…this was the other. As in, ouch, uncomfortable, start over, why-did-i-pick-this-image, I-didn’t-know-bodies-lying-down-were-so-hard-paint-kind-of-day. Thank goodness for Harney & Sons tea and shortbread cookies from Harrod’s offered up by patient saint of a teacher Suzanne, or there might have been a melodramatic hand to the forehead. But I persevered on this big canvas, big for me, 24×20″, and feel amazing, relieved, spent and exhausted having finished in one afternoon.
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.–Martha Graham
Ain’t that the truth, Ruth?
Welcome to the club, “Girl on Dock”, 24×30″, acrylic on canvas. xoxo
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