Friday, August 18, 2017

Greta, a Beach City Kitty

Oil on 11x14" canvas  sold
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. And there is a time to stop, when another brush stroke will take it all backwards. I've heard that true art is knowing when to stop. We as painters chase art. We want every painting to be that one that takes us to the next plateau. Of course you can only do your best. 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 me friend and fellow painter Amy Stewart put it. In a sense they have a life of their own and the wise artist knows when such a painting is about to be born. It's different. The energy's different and it feels like magic. My previous painting Zebe is one of those. They come few and far between. And if you paint long enough you learn to take the excellent with the mediocre. Thanks for visiting!

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