and I went to a friend’s house for lunch recently. We had bumped into each
other at the grocery store and she said to me, “I went to your blog to see your
paintings.” When I heard this, I nearly fell over. How kind of her to take
notice of something that is dear to me; that she actually mention it speaks
volumes. Feedback of the positive kind when one is learning something sometimes
takes its time to show up. And then the encouragement is the real jewel. “You
really ought to keep painting...” Oh really? My enthusiasm has waned a bit. I
am a self-driven person usually, but recently I fell into some kind of
judgement about what I was doing. People,
it only takes one negative thought to quash inspiration. Be careful please.
And then she said, “I’ve been painting for 30 years. Just forget about
technique.” Hmm. Ok. I’ll try that on my next set of paintings—3 panels. I’m
still working on it. It’s called “Wallpaper Wallflowers.” I didn’t use any of
the surface treatments that I learned in June. I don’t feel very loose, and I’m
noticing that these treatments I could “hide behind” –as a security blanket instead
of developing skill. After all, painting the first 100 is for skill
development. I’m finishing up paintings 23, 24, 25 sometime this week.
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