Day 23, “Inspiration Does Exists” 16×20, oil on canvas, framed

$760.00

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“Inspiration Does Exist” is an original oil painting on a 16×20 inch canvas that is 1.5 inch deep. I have painted the sides, and the painting comes ready to hang in a wood floater frame with a gold finish. I ship every painting out of Pass Christian, MS. Please note: This painting is day 21 of my 2024 31 in 31 yearly practice. It will be available to ship out or for pick up on February 26th, 2024, after the run of the 31 in 31 gallery show. 

Inspiration:

I have been working on today’s painting for several days now. It’s a good bit bigger than my paintings so far, and I had no idea where it was going until it got there. First one bird. Then two. Then three and four, in a circle around a crowned head (where did that come from?). 

Weeks ago, I’d bought some plastic stencils from Michaels, and they proved useful in creating that floral pattern on the clothing in the bottom right. 

I want so much to say something profound about this one. I want to offer you a poem or perfectly crafted sentence that you enjoy as much or maybe more than the painting. But I don’t have one, and I’ve been looking at the screen long enough to know it’s not coming. Don’t mind me, I’m just the anguished lady at the train station staring wistfully at those barren tracks.

Almost ten years ago when I started painting full-time, I often quoted this line from Picasso: “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working” because as soon as I started working on painting, really working on it, showing up to it to the same extent that I had shown up to any of my other full-time jobs, that’s when inspiration would strike and not before. It was always the act of painting that revealed some new idea, some new strategy to me. 

But now on Day 23, I’m seeing that it’s not just working that inspiration finds compelling enough to visit. It’s play. This painting was almost all play, from beginning to end. I scraped off as much as I added. I used weird palette knives with odd edges. I used a plastic stencil, I finger painted. I was willing for it never to find its way. 

I think I remember my artist friend Gretchen coming to a similar conclusion on her blog long ago, but I was too busy working to really understand: Inspiration does exist, but it must find you playing

It’s so obvious. I could have learned it by watching children in a school yard for five minutes. I could have learned it when we played Dungeons and Dragons over the holidays (see day 13). And maybe I did and it took all those times to finally get it today. 

 

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Details:

“Inspiration Does Exist” is an original oil painting on a 16×20 inch canvas that is 1.5 inch deep. I have painted the sides, and the painting comes ready to hang in a wood floater frame with a gold finish. I ship every painting out of Pass Christian, MS. Please note: This painting is day 21 of my 2024 31 in 31 yearly practice. It will be available to ship out or for pick up on February 26th, 2024, after the run of the 31 in 31 gallery show. 

Inspiration:

I have been working on today’s painting for several days now. It’s a good bit bigger than my paintings so far, and I had no idea where it was going until it got there. First one bird. Then two. Then three and four, in a circle around a crowned head (where did that come from?). 

Weeks ago, I’d bought some plastic stencils from Michaels, and they proved useful in creating that floral pattern on the clothing in the bottom right. 

I want so much to say something profound about this one. I want to offer you a poem or perfectly crafted sentence that you enjoy as much or maybe more than the painting. But I don’t have one, and I’ve been looking at the screen long enough to know it’s not coming. Don’t mind me, I’m just the anguished lady at the train station staring wistfully at those barren tracks.

Almost ten years ago when I started painting full-time, I often quoted this line from Picasso: “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working” because as soon as I started working on painting, really working on it, showing up to it to the same extent that I had shown up to any of my other full-time jobs, that’s when inspiration would strike and not before. It was always the act of painting that revealed some new idea, some new strategy to me. 

But now on Day 23, I’m seeing that it’s not just working that inspiration finds compelling enough to visit. It’s play. This painting was almost all play, from beginning to end. I scraped off as much as I added. I used weird palette knives with odd edges. I used a plastic stencil, I finger painted. I was willing for it never to find its way. 

I think I remember my artist friend Gretchen coming to a similar conclusion on her blog long ago, but I was too busy working to really understand: Inspiration does exist, but it must find you playing

It’s so obvious. I could have learned it by watching children in a school yard for five minutes. I could have learned it when we played Dungeons and Dragons over the holidays (see day 13). And maybe I did and it took all those times to finally get it today. 

 

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