Friday, 14 June 2013

looking back...

Ok this is kind of unnerving...while looking through old thumb drives etc I came across this piece that I did a few years back. Sometimes I think I have made progress and then something brings me back down to earth with a thud. Lesson to myself, don't get too lost in trying to progress as an artist, try to remember why you are painting. To me this image (now in the home of someone else) really made me stop and ask myself some questions. Back then I took risks, I painted from my heart and I feel I have lost that somewhat. In the pursuit of trying to produce work that is publicly accepted for exhibitions, sales etc I have forgotten the pure joy of  art for arts sake. Lately I have been trying to reconnect with that artist and I didn't even realise it! I really enjoyed seeing the old me for a second and remembering the joy I felt when I painted this piece, sweeping the strokes and letting my muse tell me where to go. I have stopped listening to my work and this has been a valuable lesson. Time to go through my old stuff and re-evaluate what is actually good and what is 'technically' good.