Friday, August 18, 2017

Greta, a Beach City Kitty

Oil on 11x14" canvas

When Beach City Kitties adoption center posted Greta on FaceBook I knew I had to paint her. The biggest challenge was the flower on her head. Patience is a big part of studio painting. There is a time when another brush stroke will take it all backwards. I've heard that the true art is knowing when to stop. Painters chase art. We want every painting to be special and maybe it's the one that takes us to the next plateau. We can only do our best and hope for the miracle.
I think one problem painters have is judging their work too harshly. The best paintings I've done seem to fall off the brush, as Amy Stewart puts it. They are different, those special ones and seem to have a life of their own and the wise artist knows when just such a painting is about to be born. It's different-the energy's different and it feels like magic and you have to pay close attention to what it wants.

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