For an artist, this is the last thing you should do. I am now "old" by many standards and dammit, I'm planning on doing what I'd like to have in my house and what really speaks to me, personally. If I don't make a "series" so be it.
I am starting a new painting of the group of women in the room which I just did. I am dissatisfied with the piece as it is. I have repainted my large painting of the woman in the white dress with a black dress. And I'm forgetting about "shows". After all, I have gotten a fair amount of validation and this was an OBSTACLE rather than the impetus to go further.
I take Picasso as a model. He did what he pleased and followed his instincts, no matter where they went.
The artist has to take risks. I do not paint by a "method." I do not paint fast as a rule. I have chosen painting over other media at this point as the other media are too distracting. I think again of what Edward Hopper said, that he paints, "without any funny stuff". To stick to some sort of representational work makes it meaningful to me.
When I am doing something that really inspires, the work opens up and tells me a story, and after it's finished it seems a strange thing with even more stories to tell.
Note: related to this brief comment is an earlier entry I made called DOING ART. I reread it today and feel it explains my comments of today in a more detailed and complete way.
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