“Searching For Golden Nuggets” – 30×23 Acrylic on Paper
Just finished this work. I started this work during the 2018 Northwoods Art Tour. I just finished it. For those of you who visited my studio, thank you by the way it was such a please talking with you all, this was the black and rusty color figure on watercolor paper that I had a sketch of and was trying to figure out how to make it work like the one I had done before and was posted on my computer screen in the studio. Yes, yes it is the same piece. If you came on late Sat afternoon or early Sunday morning you probably heard me say – I don’t like this piece, I don’t like the way it is going. I should just toss it. Will I didn’t toss it and just keep working on it. And came up with this finished piece. Somewhere along the way the figure got lost, then the original colors got also got covered and it became a very very different work. Ah the freedom of an artist. Yea.
The whole this is why I post this work with my blog post about difference.
Artist Statement – August 2018
I am constantly reminded when I go fishing that one needs to go fishing in order to catch a fish. As I was fishing up in Northern Lights country I thought the same holds true with painting. You need to paint order to create a painting. I had a professor once who told me that I need to be in the studio every day and work on art every day. I took his advice to heart and have constantly tried to work in the studio every day. I don’t always succeed but I sure try.
I also believe that one needs to struggle in order to find success and this same professor said to me, to be a great artist, I had told him that was my dream, you need to get out of your comfort zone in order to be great. How hard that struggle is, to get out of one’s comfort zone, but how great it is when one succeeds. I again took his advice to heart and have constantly tried to go beyond what I am comfortable with. My current works I hope reflect this.