|"Bluebird of Happiness" 6x6 oil on linen|
Sometimes I think it’s easy to focus on the frustrations that surround being an artist. For example, I’ve been pushing myself a lot lately. That makes for a lot of unfinished or even recycled paintings. Arrrgh! As Charlie Brown might say.
Bit I’ve come to realize after painting for over 30 years that mastering a craft is not as linear or constantly rewarding as you’d like it to be. But one of the great joys of art is that it likely impacts your life on a grand scale (values, goals, purpose, and principles) as well as on a smaller daily scale. I have faith that these are two powerful forces will continue outweigh the challenges and propel me to return to the easel. (Even though some days it may be a close call.)
|Yay--New clean, crisp brushes (Rosemary & Co. ivory flats)|
- Squeezing out a fresh tube of white (isn’t that the best?)
- Unwrapping a new canvas (the bigger the better)
- Testing a new crisp brush (just received these new Rosemary ivory brushes today)
- Getting your drawing right—the first time
- Reading a new art book or magazine
- Discovering a new favorite artist (recently this was landscape painter Hibbard for me)
- Running up to the art store (you know...just to look around)
- Day dreaming about plein air vacation destinations (any place with water....)
- Sharpening a pencil (seriously)
- Fresh flowers just begging to be painted...