Expectations

“…expectations based on the work itself are the most useful tool the artist possesses.” What you need to know about the next piece is contained in the last piece. The place to learn about your materials is in the last use of your materials…..Put simply, your work is your guide: a complete, comprehensive, limitless reference […]

Catering to Fears

“…catering to fears of being misunderstood leaves you dependent upon your audience. “ Art and Fear by David Bales and Ted Orland This week I am brought back to considering how the need to be understood affects my process of art  making.   Questions for consideration: What contributes to my feeling “understood”? Do I understand […]

Art Making, Uncertainty and Tolerance

“Uncertainty is the essential, inevitable and all-pervasive companion to your desire to make art. And tolerance for uncertainty is the prerequisite to succeeding.” Art and Fear by David Bales and Ted Orland As this week unfolds I consider how “uncertainty”  and “tolerance” are incorporated into my painting. Questions for consideration: How do I relate to […]

One Painting at a Time…

One Painting at a Time…One Day at a Time. I’m reminded over the past weeks how my journey as an artist so clearly parallels my life.  The two are not separate entities but a beautiful dynamic relationship from which patience can be developed and is frequently needed. What I am learning to embrace is the […]

Do You Choose Your Subject or Does it Choose You?

Over the years I’ve read about artists who speak to merely being a “channel” and that the work flows through them not from them.   This is closely related for me to the idea that the artist is brought to the subject or that the subject draws the artist to it.  Some of the great masters […]

Who’s creation is it?

“Who’s creation is it?”  Is that a personal question for an artist? Perhaps and perhaps an uncomfortable one to consider.  For me it’s a valuable opportunity for reflection and investigation into my own motivation for painting. Looking closely at the “why” behind what I do draws me to closer to truth and usually inspiration.  Often, […]