I’ve been working on this painting for at least a month now. Maybe two months. And it got to the point yesterday where I hated it. I once read somewhere that if you don’t get to a point where you hate the piece you’re working on then you must be doing something wrong. But I realised that so long as I stand away from the painting it looks okay, it almost looks like the thing I’m trying to paint. Though I did notice after taking this photo that the entire skyhook is the wrong colour, so basically I need to go fix that.

Also, just an fyi for any artists out there, Cass Art and London Graphics Center have money off Liquitex paint just now which makes it almost affordable.

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9 Responses to “DAY FIFTEEN”

  1. 9agz3

    Sure there are times when we all just want to rip our painting up and pitch it in the trash, but hang in there. From what I can see you are managing to conquer one of the major behemoths of figure drawing and painting, perspective!

  2. cloudmercury

    Clearly you have some great talent there! It’s perfectly normal to get frustrated with a painting – but remember that we’re all our own biggest critics! Great painting 🙂

    • bluchickenninja

      I suppose the good thing about going to an interview where I need to show my work is I actually have to finish things. I would probably have given up on this otherwise! Thanks 🙂

  3. Kit Dunsmore

    Projects that take a long time seemed doomed to moments like these. The hard part is figuring out if the hate is justified or just a momentary phase. Time usually sorts it out for me.

  4. Jay Magidson

    All great acts of creation involve the love of the one creating it. I don’t know if you ever get to Washington, DC. If or when you do, go to the National Gallery and see the one painting they have by da Vinci, “Generva.” It has a whole room dedicated to it. It is every bit as good as the Mona Lisa, and without the waiting. When you look at this painting, there is absolutely no doubt that da Vinci was in love with it when he painted it. I am not saying all painters need to be as good as da Vinci, but that when you are in love with your art, your viewer will know it, will feel it. That simply, is the goal of all art. There is no short cut, no secret or technique that will get you there. Simply create and create until it comes. My dearest artist friend, now in her 90s has a great description of the creation process: “sweet torture.”


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