“Writing and painting are two disciplines that are difficult to teach to someone. They are personal crafts that need to be mostly self-taught — so you can make your own mistakes in your own sweet time.” – Neil Gaiman
I forgot to post this piece finished. I think I might have posted it on my Flickr account and Facebook, but this blog is my history journal and I want to include this piece. A woman who has bought a few of my pieces (thank you thank you) wanted a piece that included children playing. She asked if I painted children months ago. I have never painted children.
My work is mostly intuitive and when I try and do a commissioned piece, I just over think it and I end up being dissatisfied and frustrated. When I paint, I respond to what’s on the canvas. Each layer informs the next layer. I know I may be missing out on sales by not doing commissioned work. But usually those requests sit in my subconscious and filter up sooner or later.
Anyway this is how the piece started. I hope she likes it.
Irrigation lines have been installed in my garden. We still need to run the drip tubes in each bed and fill a few more beds with our ‘designer-dirt.’ Today I’m going to set-out some tomato plants. I have them at different sizes, so I can stagger the plantings to be able to eat fresh tomatoes all summer long. I’m also adding some companion plants to help with pollinating and to help deter pests. Growing up in the south, we always planted on Good Friday. Hopefully the frosty nights are history
“What does it matter what poetry is, after all? All that matters is the eternal movement behind it.” -Dylan Thomas