I have found the process a great vehicle for developing my painting skills and will definitely continue to do more. As I probably know the subject of my face better than any other thing, it freed me up, allowing me to place my full attention on the act of painting.
|Self portrait. Pastel. A3. 2010.|
Honesty in art and in life is greatly important to me. I have a tendency to dissociate, which is probably why I am unnerved by others who live their lives under a veil of denial and deception. There is only limited joy in winning a game through cheating. We do not have long to live our lives so why cheat ourselves, though I understand the appeal when faced with a joyless reality. I like to see experience as a process of refinement, revealing our authentic selves, as a pebble is polished by the sea.
|Painting outside really helped me to see. The light was incredible.|
|On the wall. Oil. 68"x13". 2011.|