Tuesday, September 01, 2009

On the Easel: (wt) The Landlord

Often, I wake up in the morning with a sense of unease at approaching the easel. Some of it comes from perfectionist tendencies (and therefore, unrealistic expectations) but I wonder about sitting with that feeling......reframing it. Since I believe the gift I have been given is not to be handled lightly, there is a rightful sense of trepidation when I approach painting. If I can exchange the unhealthy one for the good and right one, I think I do well. This is tricky, because I don't mean at all that I should take my work "seriously." This is a quick way to kill creativity, and after all, it is only a painting. But the privilege of having the opportunity to paint daily, to hone the gift is serious. Maybe I can remember that tomorrow morning.


Kathleen Krucoff said...

You have an insight here.

Dean Grey said...


I think more artists should take your viewpoint and remember to be grateful that they have a chance to create at all.

You're right, to hone the gift is serious...and an honor!


Gwen Bell said...

Very thought provoking post! This is a wonderfully thought provoking painting as well. Is it possible for a lion to be androgynous? The right side appears male because of the mane-like shadow and strong bone around the eye and the left appears softer and more feminine. I also like the way the head seems to be ripping and intruding through the water or sky. Really interesting. Very "landlord" like. I tried to open to a larger size to see the mysterious oval on the forehead. As all your work...fantastic!