An Artist Today

I think not many people realize what ‘Painting’ is, or ‘being a painter’. Sometimes I have people participate in a MasterClass at the beach and they come out of it with renewed respect, learning ‘how difficult’ painting really is. Of course, all practicing painters know it’s difficult. You can’t snap your fingers and have something great. Doesn’t work like that. You can’t demand to get a great painting. Can’t force it.

CA16-2014 Seascape California Schuring Morning Shade at the Pit

Some people thought I had created this painting very fast. Showing this video, I might have to put a line of text in saying: this painting took several hours, no, not meaning two. The original video was a bunch of clips taken in a 4+ hour period. My brushstrokes often so slow, deciding, how and what, that’s too boring for you (!). We edit video, speed things up.

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Birth of this Painting is on Video here

Painting IS hard. And a good painting is hard to come by, create. A good painting is worth every penny. A good painting represents/evokes bliss. At least that’s what I think (in my humble opinion about ‘good art’). That’s a discussion for another time. (hahaha) (A sure losing battle for me. I can’t relate to art critics most often.)

Bliss, beauty, nature, light. Being there, and joining in. Being bored, finding something, the changes in the sky. Just starting and finding the joy. What paint can do! Very often I/many others don’t know what they created really. It’s often later we can see what we did. Did we succeed beyond expectations. Or did we go under it. 

I think every painter has certainly a few years ahead of him/her where the expectancies are higher than the outcomes. Inside you know you can do it, but the results don’t show it (yet). That’s the hard part. And I think ALL PAINTERS have this phase.
Painting is Poetry. Painting is Magic. You can’t force it.

Painting is influenced by your inner ‘self’. You can work on your inner being to become a better painter. This I believe. Unhappy people can’t create happy art. To put it in simple terms. If you can’t see beauty you certainly can’t paint it. If you have reference I mean Reverence definition: “a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe” you will surely paint it beautifully. Now I know that the technical side needs time to develop too. That’s the ‘execution difference’.

“It’s a Science!” We were saying this in California. Those great painters brought together, we are each of us fixated on painting, colors, everything about what we can see. Patterns, ideas pop up. It’s a very blissful life, being a painter. BUT I haven’t talked about the lesser romantic side of things. I will in coming times.


Be well!


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