A small invented still life I did last weekend. I wanted to try something with a larger negative background space and just a small positive space within it. The underpainting and thumbnail is shown below.
I have so much to learn. I fussed endlessly with this small thing. I long to free up my brush strokes, my vision – letting the river of the heart run free. Hawthorne gives me hope:
Have the humble attitude. To see things simply is the hardest thing in the world. When a man is sixty or seventy, he may be able to do a thing simply and the whole world rejoices. You can’t begin too early, for it is not a thing of a month or a day. The value of a canvas depends almost entirely on your mental attitude, not on your moral attitude; depends on what kind of man you are, the way you observe. Study continuously, developing yourself into a better person, more sensitive to things in nature. Spend years getting ready.
Paint starts for twenty years…
(from: Hawthorne on Painting). [italics mine]
I have been quite productive – doing charcoal sketches each morning before work. I will post some of these soon. But slowly I pick up signs, become aware -yet again – that productivity is not why I started this journey.
Why am I doing this again? T.S. Eliot reminds me in his Four Quartets (Little Gidding):
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