Tuesday, April 22, 2008

. . . painted kindergarten colors

on this big piece that I started Saturday. It's painted flat on unstretch canvas, and I can't get far enough away from this piece to take a good shot of it. But you get the general idea. Quite frankly, I don't like this piece much. . . it's nothing like I anticipated it was going to be. . . but I guess that's quite common among artists. Sometimes the unexpected comes out better, and sometimes worse, than what you pictured when you started. I take solace in the fact that I can always cut it up into small pieces if I can't get it to work out right, or crop out and save the good parts into one smaller canvas.

I promised myself that I would put the good, the bad and the ugly on this blog when I started it. There is always something to be learned from trying, if only what not to try again. It's getting hard to put up a new piece of art everyday, because I'm in the doldrums. I should probably be experimenting which something new to get inspired again. . . small collages, small paintings, setting up my mom's etsy store. Some of the best pieces happen, for me anyway, entirely spontaneously and unexpectedly; everything goes better when I'm not trying so hard. Painting has recently become more like a job, like I must be in the studio, not like I want to be in the studio. And I really want to be outside in the garden, but even the weather has been entirely cooperative. I'm not bitching here, just the facts, ma'am.


Anonymous said...

Looks good to me, I like it. I'm not an artist like some of the other people that write on this blog, so I don't have the eye. Now if you started painting landscapes, I probably wouldn't like that so much.
Did you see the April issue of SPACES - wonderful garden pictured about in the middle of magazine. I'm anxious to start seeing pictures of your garden also.
Hang in there

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Mary Buek said...

Hil: I think I've got the garden as cleaned up as I can. It sure is pretty out, isn't it, with all the flowering trees blooming. Do you have any dogwoods? My regular pink dogwood is ready to bloom. Love them. They would do well in your shade.