Originally published: 20.12.15
How time can be an Artists best Friend…
I can’t remember when I started this painting, several months ago I think. I created a collage background and added layers of sprayed stencils, painting and doodling but just didn’t finish it.
I was sorting through my basket of collage materials and found the background painting in there a couple of days ago. I was really only looking for a couple of scraps to stick down to begin a new piece.
As I looked at it I noticed a shape – pretty much the one that eventually became the bear/lion/ gorilla creature that ended up there. And I was really quite excited to have a go at bringing the creature to life.
Sometimes, putting a focal image (the main subject of a painting) into one of my backgrounds is a bit of a block for me – I get to the end of creating a background that I really like and I am scared of ‘spoiling it’.
With this background, I had made it so long ago that I couldn’t even remember when it was. It was really freeing – as if some kind person had started a piece and left it there for me to play with.
I now have a piece that I really enjoy.
Don’t get me wrong, every time I look at it I can see something I could improve but this piece gives me a warm feeling. I love the way the face turned out. And I might just go back for another fiddle!
As a very wise man said:
“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
Leonardo da Vinci
So can you give me any of your best discoveries for tackling the fear factors in your creative practice? Please do share.