Flowers 6

Thursday, August 7, 2014

flowers 6

The painting is nearly done after several hours work tonight, but I wanted to show you how rough-drafty it looked up-close before it enters the final stretch of refinements.

The perfectionist in me gets uncomfortable with this stage–raw, gritty, and definitely incomplete. Yet I’m also reminded that none of my paintings showed up finished on the canvas; they’ve all taken their sweet time to bloom. This stage is necessary; there’s no way to get “there” without going through “here.”

Painting teaches me patience and persistence, but above all, the importance of presence. None of it can happen if I don’t keep showing up.

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