Tuesday, July 03, 2007
I've been trying too hard, I think, and that OVER-TRYING shows. I look at some my work and find so much of it too stiff, too flawed, overworked, too 'whatever' ... compared to the images (and attempts) I hold in my head. And so, stubbornly, I keep trying ... and trying ... and doggedly determined, I wind up working my poor paper to holes and trash bag to overflowing.
I think I need to step back a bit from my own seriousness, and play a bit with my artwork .. spend a bit of time sloshing around the paint, inking in the lines, letting go of the results so I can return to the more serious work of learning with a freshness and without the self-imposed pressures and stresses I put on myself to reach my goals -- now.
So last night, I decided to play a bit with these weird looking cows I drew Saturday -- and I relaxed enough to add lines and paint as loosely as I could muster after a long day. It's not great art by any means -- I even forgot to paint a tree trunk! But if art reflects our state of mind -- then this is an example of mine ..! lol