Long ago when I was in college I used to paint. Mostly water color, but I was quite good at it.
That was a long time ago!
Recently I have rediscovered my love of painting but I am not good at it any more. I got it into my head that I wanted to paint a starfish. I have no idea why. I just did.
Now that it's done I have realized something interesting about myself and my work...I need to let go more. Things are too centered and too meticulous. I think painting should have a wild abandon sort of element to it. I guess we won't be selling this one.
I need to find that free and wild part of me. I rather suspect I need to find that part of me with the bears too. I have known I have been too meticulous and restrained for too long. It's that constant struggle to let things evolve naturally and yet have perfection. Those two things don't go hand in hand.
It's really no wonder artists drive themselves crazy!
More paintings and bears to come...stay tuned.