Friday, May 29, 2020

Slow, slow -- fast, fast

Untitled (detail) work in progress
acrylic on canva
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2020
How does art happen?  My dear friend, and wonderful artist,
 Norene Smiley, in Nova Scotia, says that she needs a deadline.
Me too. This spring I've been working hard, hard at teaching,
because the art deadlines all ended.  Bang.  We all know, and accept
why.  Now I am reminding myself that most of my paintings,
even larger, more complicated ones were done in stages.
Very often 10 minutes at a time.

And true -- even 10 minutes has been hard to find in recent
weeks.  But today I took myself by the hand, and have worked
on a painting -- not ready yet -- in small stages of 10 minutes,

I know that when a painting comes together and feels like
it's happening properly it moves from slow, slow to fast, fast.

Have a getting ready to get going day.

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