I kept looking and looking at my first large painting. Well, medium painting, really. And it just didn’t quite suit. Too namby pamby, too wish washy, too not so interesting. So I jazzed up the book, warmed up the wall, and really shadowed the shelf. Finally happy. Or are you ever really done? Hmmm.
I had a big canvas this time and a month between paintings. Wow. Much more complicated than I’d realized. I took photos each time. I like that I realized early on that if I put much more work into the glass, it would just mess things up. I am able to tell when I want to add something. And I can see that certain things anchor and draw the eye. (Thanks, Jo Farris! You were right, art teacher, I needed more table reflection to break the line.)
Follow the link. I will have to check out this one in Northern Italy!
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
Sluijters (in English often spelled “Sluyters”) was a leading pioneer of various post-impressionist movements in the Netherlands. He experimented with several styles, including fauvism and cubism, finally settling on a colorful expressionism. His paintings feature nude studies, portraits, landscapes, and still lifes.