Well, it’s been a while. I’ve had more fun painting on the weekends than blogging, but this is a great place to put them when I’m done so I can compare. Here goes!
“If you think that peace and happiness are somewhere else and you run after them, you will never arrive.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh
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.
Here’s what it looked like before I decided to finish. What do you think? Is it more interesting before or after?
I LOVE This illustration. Hmm, wonder what that says about me? 🙂
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.”
“Listen to your being. It is continuously giving you hints; it is a still, small voice. It does not shout at you, that is true. And if you are a little silent you will start feeling your way. Be the person you are. Never try to be another, and you will become mature. Maturity is accepting the responsibility of being oneself, whatsoever the cost. Risking all to be oneself, that’s what maturity is all about.”
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.