I had an art epiphany today, while painting a study for Art Everyday Month. It doesn’t have to be hard to be art.
In the middle of painting this study I started to think I need to work Bigger. Like, giant wall sized bigger. (I’d love to paint the entire interior of someone’s house, whoot! Art Epiphany!)
This part of the painting is only about 6″x6″ and I drive my self bonkers trying to paint in teeny tiny details with a brush that has maybe 5 bristles.
The easiest way to stop the crazy would be to paint larger, so that I can get those teeny tiny details nailed in a 12″ x 12″ space with a larger brush and less annoyance.
Why do I think that it has to be difficult to be artistic? It doesn’t have to be hard to be art.
The silliest thing about this is that it was an art epiphany.
My brain, guys, my brain does not function like a normal person’s brain — I don’t see this stuff while I am in the middle of it.
I have a problem with things, lets call them THE OBVIOUS, shall we.
The fact is that I am so head down in my work, in my website, in my painting, in my editing, in my selection of things to print and paint that I don’t look up enough. I love creating art and telling stories with paintings so much that I get absorbed into my work. But I don’t feel like everything I do is art unless I am toiling through the work. (CRAZYPANTS! I know.)
Art is Work, but it doesn’t have to be Hard Work.
Something feels off about this girl, I know its her eyes and her face, but I couldn’t see it and I kept painting and painting and painting and driving myself INSANE with a tiny liner brush trying to make this tiny study perfect . I’m going to keep working around it until I get it, but I’m starting to look up more.
Not everything has to be a difficult, squint-until-you-have-a-migraine, painful journey.
It can be easier: work bigger and take breaks.