Flower

Process, process…

Over the years as I go in and out of having a functional website, I keep hearing that people want to see process work. I can’t for the life of me imagine why, but there’s no reason to argue.

Recently I’ve been painting a lot of small still lives on masonite. Mostly going through my curiosity cabinet and finally painting the stuff that I’ve had for quite a long time. Anyhow, I kinda feel like I’m on to something with these paintings, or at the very least going in the right direction towards that something… And I’ve found that it helps me to stay somewhat loose and somewhat detached from the final painting if I take a quick photo in the middle. That is, if I feel like it’s going well, taking the photo stops me from thinking the extremely detrimental thought of “what if I ruin it,” and generally keeps my various painting hangups at bay. After all, you gotta hang loose, bud.

Citrus

I went through a bit of a citrus thing... I'm not sure if it's over yet...

I went through a bit of a citrus thing... I'm not sure if it's over yet...

Partway me

Peep undershirt game.

Peep undershirt game.

Sometimes the underpainting is interesting in itself, but I don't have any goddam brakes, so, you know...

Sometimes the underpainting is interesting in itself, but I don't have any goddam brakes, so, you know...

I also went through a candle thing, which is definitely not over.

And I also went through a candle thing, which is definitely not over.

I do love direct simplicity, but I don't see any brakes anywhere, DO YOU??

I do love simplicity, but I still don't see any brakes anywhere, DO YOU??

If it's ok to like your own paintings, this is one of my favourites.

If it's ok to like your own paintings, this is one of my favourites. I can actually look at it and feel what I felt when I wanted to paint it. That's rare.

Anyway, for better or worse, whether a painting turns out successful or is an utter failure, it’s important to finish it. There is a big difference between, “it looks good like that,” and, “it’s finished.” Fa bello attraverso brutto.

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