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.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

If it ain't fixed, break it!

Respite (rework) 40"x 33"

If the point is to make something that's simply "okay", better.  You have to be willing to take a chance.  This piece was "okay" (see previous post) but it did not excite me.  So, I decided to break it, literally!  The anticipation of the uncertain result was exhilarating but the fear of killing the "bird in the hand", was palpable.  I mustered all my courage and forged ahead.  I know what my feelings are with the results but I would like to get your honest feedback.


  1. 2012 and we are back in the studio ,Happy New Year to you William.
    I find that many of my works don't leave the studio at all or make it to my blog .Some paintings are to far gone and just sit until i pull them of the stretcher but I don't forget there place in my growth, as an artist there the paintings that carry us to the next exciting place .

  2. Happy New Year to you also David. I realize that this year has been all about change for you so far. New surroundings often foster a fresh outlook and exciting growth. I look forward to more unbelievable art and inspiration from you in 2012!

  3. Very brave, but that is what artists are, brave creators. I like the added lines. I'm wondering how you broke it? Gently or with some force? I'm wondering why it didn't break more along the previously embedded lines.

  4. The cracked painting has certainly cracked prettily and looks kind of cool. Now I'm torn, though, because it also looked cool before.

  5. Carole, I placed a piece of plywood over the top half of the image to dissipate the concussion as I struck it repeatedly with a hammer. As to why it broke where it did. Your guess is as good as mine. The "not knowing" was part of the attraction for me.

  6. I love the reworked piece....it holds excitement and a kind of boldness and passion!

    1. Thank you so much Cynthia, I guess there is passion in desperation.


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