So what’s right?

I’ve currently around 21-22 paintings for sale. Since starting painting a few years ago I’ve created over 100 canvases. Clearly there have been many sales mainly through just a few exhibitions and the website.

Part of the overall number of 100 or so paintings include several that started life as one subject only to be rejected. These ‘reject’ canvases get ‘scrubbed’, re-primed and new pictures are created.

So why were they abandoned in the first place?

For me, as I paint, I get a sense of how ‘things’ are going.  But what is that ’thing’?

I suppose it’s a point, a factor or a stage where I believe a particular painting isn’t working. A point where I become more and more aware that no matter what I do, how I change it, revise it and modify it ‘things’ don’t improve. And so it’s consigned to the ‘over-paint’ bin to become a new painting.

Yet conversely, sometimes astonishingly, on the brink of rejecting a painting I do something that completely, almost by accident, changes it and it becomes ‘all right’.

Of course that’s my interpretation of what’s ‘all right’ – whatever that means.

Embracing the concept of turning a muddle into an acceptable work of art by accident seems to me to be a wonderful part of the creative experience.  There’s an opportunity to learn new methods, embrace different finishes and make changes that were never part of the initial concept. For me that’s all part of creativity and ingenuity not confined by a specific technique or a predictable outcome.

Are artists arrogant, self important and over confident?  Perhaps they need to be as initially they are their own self critic.

On the other hand rejecting work that doesn’t work or making major changes as a work progresses makes me more self-effacing and down to earth. I like that.