October 3, 2016
“People need trouble – a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it. Artists do; I don’t mean you need to live in a rat hole or gutter, but you have to learn fortitude, endurance. Only vegetables are happy.”
– William Faulkner
With an adjustment to a new job and a longer commute, I decided to take some time off from painting. And there was also that complete loss of inspiration to create any sort of artwork I’ve been experiencing. But back in my studio with the smell of linseed oil and the Russian birch panel in front of me I realize that I missed this. Regardless of whether I love or hate the product of my efforts, I need to keep coming back.
This painting is an exercise in rendering geometric shapes. I am hoping to focus on these shapes as my subject matter this month and see if I can’t develop some skill in creating the illusion of volume. Fortunately for me, it seems I have a lot of room for improvement…