In Spite of Discouragement

“Mushrooms”
Oil on Linen on panel, 6″ x 8″

Some days I start out wondering if I can make it happen. Others seem like a snap. Today, it seemed like my patience was closing in on me. While I painted these little morsels of edible fungi, I wondered if it was ever going to come out right. At one point I remember my thoughts, “This just isn’t working! I should throw this one away.”

I often recall, when those words come up (and they often do), that ‘somehow’ it will work out if I hang in there and keep working the challenge. I hung in. This is no masterpiece, but each of these that I do confirms there is more to learn and more to master . . .but these little paintings are great big lessons. This, all done in shades of white and tans, was an exercise in using the light and shadow to suggest shape and form. And they look like I could eat em right now! Every day is a learning experience!

My wife is doing better, but is still flat on her back . . .visitors come and go . . . .this daily exercise is definetely a test of the depth of my commitment. And I am moving ahead . . .at least I am today. In spite of the doubts that show up, I just put one foot in front of the other.

2 thoughts on “In Spite of Discouragement”

  1. Hey, hang on there!
    Can it be that you sometimes get stuck ’cause you jump from one subject to the other? Like, what ever happened to doing several version of the very same subject, Eh? Y’know, what you got us all hooked on?
    The first painting of a subject is almost always a struggle, and on most of them, you are doing such very cool stuff! Just food for thoughts. (speaking of food – you people have a lot of food in your house, Eh? 😉

    I did my very first collage today! And not just a small abstract one. You know me, I have to go for a real challenge – so: my self-portrait, on half-sheet, purely collage, from papers I made myself!
    It was soooooooooooo cool!!!

    I’ll probably blog it this weekend.

  2. Great question, Nava. At this point my goal is not to develop a design, but to fully acqaint myself with the medium. To understand and manipulate edges, light and shadow (value) and color. Testing myself with different arrangements of the aforementioned is challenging my technique.

    As soon as I am ‘allowed’ out of the house, I will be working on Eucalyptus Trees . . .they KILL me!

    Congrats on your collage!

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