Starting over

A fellow artist once commented to me that this was the scariest part of the process: starting with a blank canvas in front of you.  I don’t find that to be true for me.  There is something about starting over that feels rejuvenating.  I actually love those first strokes of paint: the possibilities are endless, mistakes made on the last painting can be corrected, hope for a better voice this time pushes me to gesso up another one.  It helps me to think of my work as a continuum.  Each painting is a part of the creative process in which each piece will tell me something about myself and my own particular aesthetic.  I pull the best aspects from previous pieces, steal from myself and apply them to the next canvas.  I love this process because it’s not about the finished piece.  There comes a point where you can’t do any more to a painting.  It tells you when to move on.  I love that.

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