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Original is on the left. After I played around with the color yellow on that small piece that was posted on this blog a couple of weeks ago, I have become a bit more intrigued by yellow. I am considering reworking this piece with a yellow background. I made a color xerox of the original, taped it to a board, coated it with acrylic matte medium, and painted in a yellow background to see if I like it. I am not sure. What do you think? © 2018 David Limrite

“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.”
Charlie Parker, Musician

Be Willing To Revise

Be open. Be flexible. While going through the process of creating.

Which means that you do something to your piece. It looks terrible.

You do something else to it. It looks better.

You begin to gain some confidence and courage. You take a risk by trying something else. It doesn’t work, and the piece looks horrible again.

You try something else.

You then step back and asses what you have done. At this point, you might decide that the piece needs to be revised completely.

Or, you may think that you just need to rework a few areas.

This is all part of the process of creating that I am always talking about.

More often than not, things are not going to go well. Making art is hard. Making good, even great art, is really hard. But you must be willing to go through this process.

The ups and downs. The ins and outs.

The fits and starts. The highs and lows.

Your piece in progress is not precious. The work is never precious.

You must be willing to risk it all. Every time you work back into your painting.

You must be willing to rework the piece at any time during its creation. And you must be willing to revise the entire thing if, in the end, you decide that it is just not working.

It is always worth it. Always!

It’s all about making your art better. And completing it. And moving on to the next piece.

Never settle.






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