Clinging to the Old
This week I destroyed close to 70+ old paintings that were quite frankly – bad. They had no hope of ever getting better no matter my good intention, practice, or rework. Just wasn’t happening.
Because they were on cheap substrates – I chose not to hassle with resetting them to ‘zero’. Instead it was “off with their head” as they interfaced with my chop saw. And I have to tell you, it felt great.
In order to put “more water” in the bathtub, you can either buy a bigger bathtub or drain some of the current water in order to gain more room. Which do you think is more effective?
Some of the paintings had hung around since 2012 but I’d finally had enough of looking at them cluttering up my studio. But before I started cutting I had my Art Muse give a thumbs up/down. You remember me talking about having a muse, right? If not, go here and read. I’ll wait.
Some, Not All
Not all paintings are worthy of a frame. It’s true. Unlike a singer who hits a bad note and moves on, or a musician hitting an errant chord and moving on… a painter has a constant reminder of, “Gee, that didn’t work so well.” And if you do 250-300 paintings in a year like me, you soon run out of room. Hence why I used my Art Muse to help select which ones were salvageable and which ones were chop saw ready.
What Did You Learn?
As we start 2017, you may be wondering what to do with some of your old work. Is it time to let go and clean the slate? Only you can be the judge of that. While I am glad I did every one of those paintings it was time to let them go and look ahead to the next favorite painting.
You know the old saying, “What’s your favorite painting?” “My next one.”
onwards and sideways,