Art as a Solitary Endeavor
As artists we often struggle with the tension between isolation in our studios and the need to collaborate with other artists. This would have been a good week to have an artist or two over for tea — or wine — and ask them for some honest opinions. It’s not that we are necessarily going to follow our friends’ advice, but sometimes we just need a little more courage.
Case in point: these four 8 x 24″ panels that I’ve started, and to which I have added drips and splatters and then layers of texture.
Another day, further development, more texture.
At this point I looked and looked at them off and on for a whole day. Since I was in love with the texture and the play of light and dark contrasts, I was tempted to just let these be finished. That was when I needed someone here to tell me to stop, if that was truly what the paintings needed.
However, I have already committed to an idea, inspired by a triptych that I did a while back in panels of similar dimensions. That triptych is no longer here but I still have a good image of it. Those previous panels were broken up by irregular rectangular shapes, and I’m convinced that is the feeling I want. I don’t want “boring.” I want a little excitement .
So onward and upward I go. It was hard just starting on those beautiful pristine white panels. Now it’s just as hard to proceed from the beautiful backgrounds they’ve become. (Beauty being in the eye of the beholder, right?)
Thanks for being there. I’ll let you know what happens.