Thursday, October 26, 2006
I started the day as I usually do reading Charles DeRamus' blog from Sweden, Where's America. He always makes me laugh and that starts the morning right.
Then, I finished a painting I had been working on for several months. Why do some paintings take longer than others to come to completion. I haven't found a way to speed the process up. My wait and watch , sit and stare is about the best technique I've found. Somewhere, I heard that Mozart had someone read to him while he composed in order that he might be distracted. I haven't tried that but I do rely on music. Listening to Natacha Atlas works well as I have no idea what she's saying but the rhythm keeps the paint flowing.
Maybe the "little painting" break I've been taking every day is helping the process. At any rate, it feels good to look at all that red and say I'm finished. I even put it up on my website. That to me indicates I really believe it's done.