Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tried to be more mindful about painting with relatively thick paint but
less densely . . . I thought, at first, it was a matter of edges and to some
extent, it is. But I think it may have more to do with not building up the
entire surface to the same thickness. It seems where thinner areas are
allowed to be visible, the surface seems to breathe. I tried to talk to
myself differently while painting this . . . told myself to not be fussy, if a
stroke contributed to the object being recognizable, that was good enough.
I have blind spots when looking at my own work and I think it's going to
take re-training to view it differently, maybe set up a different standard,
and that means, being willing to change and start doing things differently,
like stopping short of my idea of "finished."