Will you be creating 100 paintings in the next 10 weeks? I am taking an online course with Jane Davies where we will be doing exactly that.
Jane is just the artist/teacher to inspire new learning in my abstract art making practice.
I want to thank Arlee Barr for challenging me about this latest venture of sharing my process as well as my finished work. I had to really think hard to “explain” why I am doing this:
Revealing nothing but my best, finished work has been my way of doing things for a long time. I was trying to express the fact that WIPs often feel ugly, even mediocre looking, but the point is an idea or feeling is driving me. If I share some of that process, a reader can see the sweat, not just the polish. It becomes clear how I resolved an artistic challenge, or simply moved onto another way to express that original impulse or dropped it for a better, clearer idea.
I did not mean I now felt free to share “mediocre” work in the name of “freedom.” I am trying out a hypothesis: if I share more than my “best,” demonstrate how I got there, at least in part, will that help me understand my own processes better and open my way to a greater freedom of expression in general?
I think of the best classes I have attended. The class gelled, and people shared their processes, offered comments and suggestions to others, expressed doubts, frustrations, whatever. We all learned. We all were spurred on to create our “best” but without hiding the mess it sometimes took to get there. That is what I am attempting to do here. Online. Maybe a few others will join me.
I am not sure about doing this, Arlee, or know if I can. The only thing I know is I want to try.
The irony is, when I quickly made this week’s ten paintings, a number of them actually look finished to me, including the one I shared today. Go figure.