Gillian gave me a call about a week ago and we went out to a familiar painting spot. Lured by these rocks I just sat down and painted.....seemed like a good way to explore cool colors on a gray day. It took G a while to find her subject ... me, and her efforts can be found HERE.
The other day a couple people in class said they felt so discouraged about trying do to a portrait that they wanted to hang it all up, just stop painting. I responded in an email with this:
On quitting painting. Like I said in class, I've done it a thousand times….I did it just yesterday when I was painting in Roslyn in a wind storm so strong that I had to take off my belt and tie my easel to a street sign. After chasing it for twenty feet I tied my hat to my head. There was dirt flying in my paint. The board I was painting on was vibrating in the wind…..and the painting became a flop. My pants fell down.
I quit. Gave it up. Mentally I gave away all my painting gear and books and burned every painting. Decided to just sit the rest of my life. Safer that way.
Today I was out fixing the painting and trying to figure out how I had gone wrong…..posted some stuff in my blog and ordered some gessoed linen. You see, I've started painting all over again feeling like an absolute beginner a thousand and one times…..