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I am complete! Done! Finished! 10 paintings in two months. Can you believe it? I know this photo does not show a lot of detail, however, I wanted you to see how the entire room looks, cleaned up, and with the finished pieces. I will post all of the completed works soon. © 2018 David Limrite

“Pictures must be miraculous: the instant one is completed, the intimacy between the creation and the creator is ended.”
Mark Rothko, Artist

What I Learned

Today is the closing day of my residency/exhibit, A Roomful of Ghosts, at the San Luis Obispo Museum Of Art. And since a major component of this project has been “sharing”, I thought it would be fun to share with you what I have learned, (or re-learned, or confirmed what I already knew), over the course of this 2-month project.

1. Act like I know what I am doing, even if I don’t.

2. It is always worth it to take risks. And try and go beyond what I think I am capable of.

3. Make one mark at a time, assess and make another mark.

4. Watch what is happening on the surface of my painting.

5. Collaborate with my paintings. Listen.

6. Have an idea of where I want to go, but be open and flexible to a different direction.

7. Always be learning. And always be looking for learning opportunities.

8. The marks should be just as important as to what they add up to.

9. Do not shy away from making choices and decisions.

10. Mistakes are opportunities.

11. Do the things that give me goosebumps (in the creation of my paintings).

12. Do not be afraid to overwork. Overworking always leads to learning something.

13. Love and trust the process.

14, Trust my skill and intuition.

15. Be curious and always ask, “What if?”

I hope that at least a few of these resonate with you. Let me know which are your favorites.

Thank you all so much for your support and well-wishes during “Ghosts”. I really appreciate it.




Santa Monica:

December 13 (2 Spaces Available)
December 14 (Just 1 Space Available)

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