Saturday, April 3, 2010
Bigfork Bob, 4x5
I've gotten so many supportive and insightful comments from 'On Quitting Painting' that I had to post something, even this etching from three years ago, to reassure you all that this is a plateau...not a quit. Thanks for the kind thoughts.
Everyone in a creative pursuit periodically hits a wall and wants to shuck the whole thing. Usually it just means a new stretch. I think there is an incorporation lag between the thoughtful process of learning a new skill and being able to intuitively and naturally use those skills.
Maybe that's why being a beginner at something can be frustrating There are so many new things to learn and there is no base of skills to carry a person along through the rough times. Ever try roller skating? Talk about a painful learning curve without many good times..
Anyway, I'm not quitting painting. I just finished a 24x30 figure and am working on a similar sized landscape......but I'm trying new things and getting frustrated. Rest easy. I'll be back...