I thought long whether I should number this painting. I really like this, and my interest to finish it is lost. I am not really sure how or even if I want to finish it, so I am going to number and post it. This was based on a charcoal drawing I did some time ago (below).
I have been practising the technical and emotional art of starting a painting strong and then letting it be. This is on advice from my current teacher, whom I am very fortunate to have. He said:
I don’t know a better definition of an artist than one who is eternally curious. Every successful canvas has been painted from the point of view of a student, for a great painter is always a student…
Do studies, not pictures. Know when you are licked – start another. Be alive, stop when your interest is lost. Put off finish as it takes a lifetime – wait until later to try to finish things – make a lot of starts. (from: Hawthorne on Painting).
Once, a few days after one week-long silent meditation retreat, I had a moment of extreme clarity, joy and contentedness while walking over a wet parking lot. I told my wife about this. She commented. I wrote a poem:
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