Monday, 20 August 2012
Does This Happen to You?
I suppose we artists (ok am using the word loosely here!!!) can be a sensitive lot and needy for affirmation and praise which is why we choose to post our work and I suppose one reason why I write my blog..... there are other reasons for the blog but one of them is to put my work into the public domain for people either to love, like, hate, reject... whatever is their opinion of what they see.
So taking into account that reason, I noticed that I haven't posted much in August (ok I was quite busy at the beginning of the month with the party)... but why you may ask??? Not because I'm giving up on my blog, but simply because even though I have been painting plenty, I haven't had much to post. I did three paintings last week and two I was delighted with but a lot ended up in the bin and having painted most of the day today, two goes at a cockerel, one attempt at a dog and finishing off a Venetian mask which I am very undecided about, have nothing more to show than 3 unfinished well below average attempts, so after my euphoria of last week, Rolo and the rose where I really felt I had really made progress am now back to somewhere different and struggling a bit!!!
So that is the question, do you have times when things just seem to turn out and you seem to be on a roll and then you seem to slip back or is it because sometimes you just hit on a subject which you can somehow manage to paint standing on your head and then you don't connect with a subject again for a while? Am not clear what my problem is but it has happened to me before when I do something I really like then takes me another age to reach those heights again!!! I suppose I should take heart from the fact that every so often I pop one out that I am thrilled with and maybe the rest of the time I am using my painting time to work up to the next one!!!
I do know that pro artists have their howlers too and I guess that they are better at rescuing their bin work than I am though I must admit I am getting better at doing that as well and don't leave half as many pieces unfinished as I used to, but sometimes things just seem to go right......... then reality comes along, knocks you on your painting beret and says "Ahaa you were getting a bit cocky and over confident then... a bit too big for your boots, time to bring you down a peg or two and let you see just exactly where you're at!!!
The paintings at the top are a couple of "breakthrough" pieces which I really felt worked at the time. I was earlier in my journey to loosen up when I did these but remember being very pleased with how they turned out.... I guess I work on the law of quantity...... the more I do the better I will get and the more successes I will turn out..... I do know it is all about practice and I should look upon these lean times as good practice for the next ones, just a bit disheartening when you seem to have taken a step forward and then 2 back!!