Wednesday, March 14, 2018

#7 Taking time to leave the room

Dreaming of Florence
Charcoal on bond paper
18 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2009
(It would be lovely to step out
to Florence for a bit of inspiration -- I must
do that again one day soon!)
I've read this so many times from artists -- that they are
obsessing about a painting, and it's driving them nuts.
They can't get it right.  I was inspired by something a
friend posted recently about an artist saying just go and
be in the studio, read your book in the studio, don't
leave the studio.  True in part.

But I think the teachers I loved the most told me the
best thing about drawing and painting -- and that was when
it's possible, stand back.  Get away from the thing.  True
across the room is good -- space for realizing what you
could do differently.  A better plan?  Get out of the room,
leave the floor, go upstairs, or downstairs or even better
out of the house.  Give that growing, magnificent work
that suddenly hit the curve some air to breathe, and the
bounty inside your brilliant creative mind to flourish.

I taught tonight and spent some time at the hospital
about my broken wrist today.  So I am tired.  I think
I'll leave the room, and go to sleep.

Have an enjoying a creative break day!

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