Tuesday, January 17, 2012

"Wishing" (sold)


"Wishing will not create growth." This seems like such an obvious quote to understand, but I continue to be amazed at the tendency in human nature to assume that I might be the one who is the exception to this rule. Even people with enormous talent must work very hard to master a new skill. There is another quote in this piece by Ted Orland that reads..."It's the intensive practice of tangible skills that prepares you to make finished art." There is no shortcut!

This is a rather vague piece which is the perfect metaphor for this quote. Wishing for something that someone else spent hours and years to accomplish is a vague concept that has very little depth. It is much more prudent to face the reality that it takes 10,000 hours to master a complex skill. Even though that may seem depressing, it is much easier to accept if each of us takes time to enjoy the small successes along the way.....and be patient.

This piece was designed around a photograph, but has more gesso than image. Soft pastels helped to create depth in the areas with gesso plus the uneven coverage and larger drops of gesso enriched the texture. To keep the quote done in spencerian script at the value of a pencil...I used Derivan Graphite in a tube (Sepia) to write with. Black Ink would have been too dark. Just a few more things to think about.


  1. I really like this and yesterdays, too! I love the design and the hazy softness; way to go, girlfriend!! ~s

  2. You put so much thought into your works. And it shows! Another beautiful image!