Thursday, November 18, 2010

Grapes and a Strawberry

I did this last night at my class at Pelham Arts Center. 'Twas my last class for the Fall season. I worked with such nice students, who did really fabulous work and made me feel happy to be sharing whatever I know about painting. Its great to give back, and especially great to guide people on a journey of discovering their own creativity. I find it interesting how harshly everyone judges their own work, including myself. We all seem to be comparing ourselves to some standard in our minds of what our work should look like, when what really matters is that we have the courage to face that blank white canvas and put down our authentic reaction to what we see. Everytime we do a painting - or even a stroke - it's a good idea to pat ourselves on the back - just for doing it! A painting a day is one of the best ways I know of to not only progress as a painter, but to move forward in life in general. My all time favorite quote is from Eleanor Roosevelt "Do one thing everyday that scares you." Facing a blank white canvas everyday will do it.

Grapes and a Strawberry
Acrylic on Canvas 8x10"
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1 comment:

angie Brooksby-Arcangioli said...

Patti, that is gorgeous! I love your post too. It really is amazing how I've grown now that I am doing this painting a day. I am looking forward to seeing your new works!