Friday, October 19, 2012

Sucking On An Invisible Straw...

"Sucking On An Invisible Straw" is what a fellow artist friend of mine suggested I name this painting. I laughed at first but then thought "heeeeyyyyy". Haha oh well. Let me just say that painting is hard. Maybe not for some people, but for me it is. Why do I do it? I really enjoy it and I feel like I've accomplished something once I've completed a painting. The other really amazing thing that happens is that I see progress. I can't wait to do the next painting because I know it will be better than the last.     

No, her name is not Sucking on an invisible straw...it's "Cassandra".
 If you're interested, she is my most recent Etsy edition and can be found here.


Ira Glass really summed up the way I feel best...

"Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through."

4 comments:

  1. Well you're really talented and this "Cassandra" is beautiful!
    I like her look and her big brown eyes ♥

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    1. Thank you Nadia! That is very sweet of you to say! :-)

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  2. I agree. her eyes are so deep. She is one of my favorites....

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    1. Eyes are my favorite thing to paint! :-)

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