Often the work we have not done seems more real in our minds than the pieces we have completed.
David Bayles & Ted Orland, Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Art Making
Another delicious night. I was able to watercolor for ninety minutes while the velvety quiet of the night enshrouded me and affirmed the drifting of my consciousness backward over the conversations of the school day. The philosophy class delivered again as they took turns offering their observations gleaned from the “Reading” chapter of Thoreau’s Walden. What transpired that first ninety minutes of the school day set the tone for success that seemed to roll through the remainder of the class load. I cannot express the gratitude that I feel for young inquisitive minds willing to strike out and find new ground for ideas.
I’m posting the watercolor sketch that I began last night and pushed along for another hour-and-a-half tonight. In true spirit of the quote posted above, this painting is more real to me in my imagination than what I see emerging beneath my brush, but I just need to be patient, and to keep believing. This is the entrance to the annual Edom Festival of the Arts. The composition will be an extremely busy one, with highway signs, carved hand-made signs, arbors, potted plants, and assorted objects marking the entrance to this festival. As I get further into it, I’ll try to find some way to harness, or unify the composition. Right now I’m just fascinated with all the little objects crying out for the attention of any passing pedestrian or motorist. Every year I laugh when I look at this entrance, so eclectic, so fun, so inviting. I’m only sorry that I still have to wait a couple of weeks before getting back out there.
Well, midnight has arrived. My eyes are getting droopy. I have some heavy A. P. Art History to address the first two periods of tomorrow (Late Antiquity–Roman Christian art of the first few centuries). I’m glad I got those preps finished early enough tonight that I was able to pick up the brush, even if it was for only ninety minutes.
Thanks for reading.
I paint in order to remember.
I journal when I feel alone.
I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.