What does it take to create a large painting? I’m in the process of producing a large (3′ x 5′) piece and it’s proving to be an interesting experience.
First, I started with a sketch:
Nothing too fancy, just an idea. Next, I decided on the colors and sizes of paper needed to support the design. Then, it was time to paint the Japanese papers ans start the layout.
Pleased with this beginning, I continued…
And now I find myself a bit stuck. I’ve committed the cardinal sin of creation: I’ve fallen in love with the interim results, and now I’m afraid to take the work forward, in case ‘I ruin it’… I know better. I’ve been here before. I find myself doing anything else (including writing this blog post) other than being in the studio working on this piece.
‘Get back on the horse’ I hear a voice from afar, nudging me back to the studio. ‘But I’m hungry, and there’s laundry to do, and wait, my friend posted something really interesting on facebook that I meant to read, and PBS just posted another episode of Grantchester’ another voice replies.
What am I to do? OK, decision made: I will finish this post, grab a quick lunch and go sit in the studio to solve this piece today. No excuses. I’ve done this before, I can do it again, I think…