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the paints and the brushes…

December 4, 2014








Sometimes you have to make a bunch of bad art to get to the good stuff.

I am at that point… just reams  and reams of bad art…

nothing satisfies.

When people ask me ,”What are you painting these days?”

My response is … “nothing.”

What I should say is “nothing good”… because I am working on things… but nothing is what I want it to be.

People have taken pieces out of the trash, “can I have this?”…and I shake my head in disbelief…if only they could see what it is supposed to be!

I keep seeing these amazing visions… and I want to see it on this earth… like, now… or better yet, fifteen minutes ago.

I see blank paper and paints and know what they could be…

I see a jar full of brushes and know what they could do if given a chance…

I see blocks of time and …well that just intimidates me.

So I will keep on… keep chipping away at it.

I will keep making bad art… which at least is headed in the direction of  art.

Better bad art than nothing at all.

Better to see what He is saying…even if it doesn’t do any justice to what I see..

Because I see it… and I want it.

It’s just in the future … and knowing it’s there keeps me moving toward it.



7 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan permalink
    December 4, 2014 12:02 pm

    The more art you make the closer you will be to your vision. It is impossible to make nothing from something. You are growing in experience. No artist is completely satisfied with their work. Only God can do that.

  2. December 4, 2014 12:37 pm

    My watercolor teacher said it takes a hundred pieces for every masterpiece! Keep it up my friend! Keep creating!! Plus, remember no one sees what your mind imagined. That has been very very cathartic for me. 🙂

    • December 4, 2014 5:15 pm

      yes indeed…good word.
      I liked what I did a year or so ago… so its frustrating to be so disappointed now
      all is well..

  3. Susan permalink
    December 6, 2014 9:57 am

    Not to be a pest but I was thinking about you today. Have you ever read the book. DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN? It is a wonderful book of exercises/techniques that allow you to sharpen your ability to focus your artistic skills. I recommend it highly.
    From your photos you have plenty of talent. Keep it up.

    • December 6, 2014 10:18 am

      Thank you!!!!
      I am ordering it and the workbook

    • December 6, 2014 10:23 am

      and you are sooooo not a pest. I am thankful that you gave me some advice…. and encouragement! The book looks like something I need and I love a workbook to keep me focused!

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