In the end, we must all paint what is inside us. And that is a beautiful thing.
But it also helps, a lot, to get a different perspective sometimes.
Often with my ‘out there’ paintings that get painted when I am in the flow and definitely without my knowledge, something tells me when to stop, when the painting is finished.
But when it comes to landscapes and still life paintings that require a degree of finesse, not to mention a prodigious amount of skill, I am hopelessly lost. My instinct fails me. I can never tell when a painting is done or not done. Like the one below.
It had its merits, but, I wasn’t sure what to think of it. To me, it was simply…nice.
So I shared it with my art group. I got a lot of wonderful feedback. Some things were really good, others could be changed…
And then I heard a soft, ‘This does not do anything for me…’, and let me tell you, AHA moment!! She had put into words exactly what I was feeling without knowing that THAT was the vague nagging feeling that I was struggling with. That this painting did not do anything for me. I had played safe with it without doing all the mad splashing, scraping, spritzing, dabbing that I feel compelled to do when I am really in the zone. In short, I wasn’t being true to my inner child. HA! Woot! Woot! Thank you, dearest friend (You know who you are!!) for pointing me in the right direction!
SO….back to the drawing board…and paint splashing happiness…
In the end, we must all paint what is inside us but seeking advice and receiving it can be very invaluable too.
I don’t think this one is done yet, but, thanks to a dear friend and fellow artist (a phenomenal one!), it is definitely getting back onto my own painterly compass again. And THAT is a beautiful thing.