Monday, May 16, 2011

Latest Painting

No, I am not trying to make a new age statement. This is how my latest painting Every artist has had paintings which don't work. We might have a great idea and somehow in its execution, it falls short. Or maybe the idea is not as brilliant as we thought. Sometimes we can keep playing with it and resuscitate the painting. Or if we put it aside for days, weeks, months or years a solution to the problem areas may present itself.

I didn't believe this was one of those times. I still like the idea and may revisit it, but this painting could not be saved. Yesterday I took my gesso and covered the painting. As I watched the hours I labored over it vanish in white, there was disappointment in the wasted time, but also a sense of relief and empowerment. This painting did not represent my work and I made the right choice.

Stay tuned for my next painting. It will have more color     ; )


Terry Miller said...

What a great post, Linda! To acknowledge in such a fun way, what we all go through from time to time - that not everything we do works all the time. Sometimes it is best just to quit and start all over again and to understand that at some certain point in our careers and lives, we have come to the point where certain 'standards' must be recognized and accepted. It's always a hard thing to wipe away hard work, patience and good intentions. But making that choice, accepting that it is for the best most always, for me at any rate, results in something even better and more representative of where we are on our chosen path. Can't wait to see whats next. How was San Dimas?

Linda Besse said...

Thanks Terry. Your comments make me even more sure I made the correct decision.
San Dimas unfortunately was slow. The organizers did a good job but I think the California economy was just too delicate.

sschopfer said...

Polar bear in a blizzard?