Flowers, 4

Sunday, August 3, 2014

flowers 4

Mason stopped by again today while I was painting. “Is that still a rough draft?” he said, eyeing the changes and smiling.

“Yep! Still a rough draft.”

“It’s getting better,” he said. I agreed.

I mixed matte medium with Mars Black to start the loose outlining, a process that reminds me of tying ribbons to the plants that get to stay in a major landscaping.

“Yeah, it’s getting better,” Mason repeated. “It’s not good yet, but it’s getting better. Where’s the Ipad?”

Then, he sat down on my rug and played quietly like the best kind of studio visitor; I was alone, but not alone.

This made me think about painting, writing, and the growth process in general.  Perhaps every good thing is simply the result of one rough draft after another. Thinking of my work and my life in this way–as a series of successive rough drafts–sure makes me feel safer putting myself out there. First make a mess (experiment, give it a shot, get the sort-of hang of it), then gradually, one rough draft at a time, tidy up till it’s done.

That, and try not to leave messes on other people’s rugs.

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