Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday

Time for a quick update! Today I've completed day three of glazing Abandoning Someone Who Was A Friend To Me When I Had None. It's looking good so far and I think it will be my greatest painting to date. I should complete it tomorrow.

Despite being my largest painting it's not taken very long at all. Sometimes I work and toil like mad and fight to create something I'm not at all happy with, and sometimes great things happen with no effort at all. In fact it seems like my best work is often the easiest and quickest, and my worst is the hardest and slowest... yet I seem to have no clue which is which until it's too late! Rules are of no use because they would be restrictive. Perhaps the rule should be a time limit... but then, my best work is also unforced, and painted with due care...

3 comments :

Kathy said...

A cliff-hanger! I can't wait to see this painting completed! I know what you mean about the ease of painting versus the struggle. My latest series is flowing out of me without any struggle at all, and I think it's my best work. And, I agree about rules. If the foremost of my thoughts while painting is about following rules I might as well go to the kitchen, pull out a cookbook, and bake a cake. Our inner selves pour out when we let go. Great thoughts, Mark!

-Don said...

I'm glad this is a big canvas you're working on so the title will fit on it. =) Seriously, I look forward to seeing what you come up with. The suspense is killing me.

Rules suck. Period.

-Don

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Mark, Easy paintings almost scare me! It's nice when they come along. I'm curious to see what you're working on. I think the best "rules" are the ones we make up for ourselves...and only if they are useful.