Sunday, January 27, 2013

Unafraid of Change

Unafraid of Change
Every day I'm growing, transforming. I learn to compromise, yet stand up for what I believe in. I learn to speak and also when to keep my mouth shut. I learn to take more risks - like with this painting. It's the same one as shown below but I've since changed it. I always thought it was too dark and so today when I was taking down and re-hanging all the art in my studio, I decided to change it.

There is a moment that occurs in my mind whenever I take something I had previously declared "finished" and start to tinker with it. It's something along the lines of "you are going to wreck it so what do it anyway I am about to do something stupid no, you are about to do something great seriously, what's the worst that could happen? I'll just paint over it but you will have wasted all that paint so what you've got to break a few eggs if you want to make an omelet" Whew, I exhaust myself. Then I do it. But until I officially call the changes "over" I struggle all the way- hoping I've made the right decision.

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This piece was previously called "Measure of Will." It was one of four pieces I created as "practice" prior to competing in the 2011 Lehigh Valley Art Wars. This was a live art competition where I had two hours to create a finished piece and since I had been fairly new to working with acrylic paints, I wanted to see what I might be able to accomplish within 120 minutes.

The now finished "Unafraid of Change" was originally painted with artist grade acrylic paints on a canvas panel. A white gel pen was used for the small detail work and a spray sealant applied over top. The "changes" included additional red paint and the use of Posca acrylic paint markers.

This piece is currently available for purchase - please contact me for pricing and additional details.

1 comment:

Daisy Yellow said...

So funny, the same goes through my mind when I have a piece of art or an art journal page that was deemed "finished" and sometimes I make it better and once in awhile worse. But I try to see it all as experimentation nonetheless. I won't learn if I stay in the same safe zone repeating the same stuff. Great post.

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