“What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.” -Albert Camus
I love the texture that happens when I paint over a painting. The background of this one was an abstract painting I did last year. It was in dark reds and greens and black. Painting over it and sanding it brought out a wonderful texture. I’m finally starting to realize that working on the background is an important part of creating my paintings. It’s taken me a long time to be able to slow down and enjoy the process. I am so goal/task oriented. Even when working with clay, it was all about what I had accomplished in a day. That’s also how I plan my chores for the day. Checking things off a list.
Painting is the exact opposite. It’s a lot like making bread. There are lots of steps and lots of patience required for both. But when painting, if I can slow down – not hurry through any of the steps – I end up with a more complex piece. Can you teach an old person patience?
Next week is the mid-term for my Master Gardener class. Say a prayer. It’s been many many years since I’ve taken a test of any kind.
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” -W.B. Yeats