I am an artist, not a writer. My Intent is not to educate, enlighten or inspire but rather to clarify my motivations to myself. I find that when I write down the thoughts and reasons that I take certain paths, it helps me to avoid repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Let's face it, authentic work evolves through a series of mistakes, lessons learned and options eliminated.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sometimes I post a piece too soon. After I lived with it, I had to finish it.

“Prolapse” 31”x 38”
polished cement & dry pigment on panel

After I lived with this a while, I decided it needed more work. Sometimes my best pieces are ones where I took a chance on ruining OK image in order to make a great one. Compare this to the previous "Prolapse" two posts ago and you be the judge. Did I over-do it?


  1. I know exactly how you feel. I have a piece I posted that when I looked at in on the computer, there were some lines that felt cheesy or trite. I went back in and totally over did it and then stripped it back...and that is where I am at the moment with.

    Here are the things I am becoming aware of (and I am touching base about the past comment about have accomplished a lot in a short period of time). The way I am working is very new to me too and it takes a while to master mediums, techniques, etc. I went from 3-D/ installation to 2-D. Talk about a mind game...Anyway, it is good to reflect and view it as a process. I think that takes the preciousness off the piece and gives you a lot more freedom to create.

    That said...now I will answer the question above. For my money, you may have overworked the piece but, having the courage to take the chance on ruining something is always a positive. What I liked about the previous version was its simplicity. I think you and I share a tendency to either keep it simple or go for broke. Is it possible to keep working even more on this piece? Maybe that is what needs to happen.

    Anyway, I salute your progress, your courage, and your tenacity. And your muscles. Working in concrete is hard. Oh and love the last experimental piece. David is right. Tapies would be a good reference point for you! :)

  2. Mary,thank you very much for your thoughts. What you are saying is what I felt in my gut. I posted the art to get an outside opinion before I tore into it again. Check back soon to see the revision!

  3. William, I love what is happening on your blog. The virtual critique is fantastic. I think David has had some amazing and very spot on observations. I can't wait to see what you come up with! We need to learn to trust our guts.

  4. Yes, Mary's on to something....trusting out guts. Supposedly that is something women are more tuned into but I'm not sure I believe that. It seems to me creative men (artists, musicians, builders) are more able to do just that.


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