IN THE STUDIO V.4
From my Cinque Terre Series, "Manarola" 40"x30", acrylic on canvas (a work in progress)
I started this painting on October 16th and it has quite a ways to go. The buildings are half way sketched out, and perhaps another week until I can do the fine tuning. Crossing my fingers for a November finish date, but I don't want to rush it. While I worked on it Monday, Tuesday and today I needed to place eyes and hands elsewhere and this half finish work pictured below, caught my eye.
I had a jellyfish painting phase back in 2014. It was a transitioning period for me. I had started to paint my "Small Gestures" series, which were a series of small paintings. Subject matter was limited to objects that I had, including photos (the jellyfish photos were taken at Ripley's Aquarium). I would paint them after work while half watching tv with my husband (then boyfriend). I think it was these mini paintings that made me want to focus more on painting real things since at that point I was painting mainly in abstract.
This 30"x48" jellyfish painting, never felt done to me. Loved the jellyfish, but hated the background. So a new background I started. It's still at the – where the fuck am I going with this, phase, but the colour is better. It's more soothing, like watching a jellyfish float in it's environment.
I think it is so important to not get too anxious for perfection over a piece. Whenever I get tense over a painting, unable to get back to the flow, I'll switch paintings. It's why I usually have a few on the go. With "Manarola", I was starting to feel the anxiety. That's why I made it part of my process, to take some time and just look what I'm painting. In looking, I can plan how I want the finished piece to look like.
I have this one quote by my easel to remind me to slow down:
"Have no fear of perfection – you will never reach it."
Sorry if this post was a bit rushed, it was. The Wix Blog Manager is a piece of shit, and it deleted half my post. I almost abandoned it for the night, but I have a goal to post, and get better. Again—the Dali quote about perfection comes to mind. I'm still getting use to blogging, so it's ok if I suck. Anyone—if you're reading, thanks for that, and bye for now.