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Newport Vignette

May 31st, 2007

This is just a quick and loose sketch based upon scenes from our Newport paintout day. I don’t know why, sometimes I like the fast and loose ones better than the ones I toil over for hours. But I just can’t bring myself to ‘dash off’ something I intend for a show. Which is the kiss of death, of course, and invites overworking , overthinking, just over-overing. Sigh.

There’s an Irish proverb, attributed to various people, that says
“Work like you don’t need money,
Love like you’ve never been hurt,
And dance like no one’s watching.”

And to that I might add … “Paint like it doesn’t matter.”

Now I’ve got to finish framing up a few things to take to a friend’s open studio tomorrow, for a group exhibition on Sunday.
And gather some things together for another library show on Saturday. Then back to the painting board!

7 Comments »

  1. I took your advise and just painted whatever last week. Yeah.. it looked like whatever too.. but it was fun.

    I like this painting, too I like all the color changes

    Comment by Pamela — May 31, 2007 @ 11:00 pm
  2. I really like this quick painting. I can empathise with that dilemma about whether something quick is good enough for a show. But a quick painting has a lively character and also it is the culmination of years of skill and experience of the artist – so why would it not be good enough for a show?

    Enjoy your big project!

    Comment by carole — June 1, 2007 @ 1:57 am
  3. Karen, this is again soo beautiful!!!

    Comment by Claudia — June 1, 2007 @ 5:35 am
  4. Good advice and a great painting.

    Comment by Irene — June 1, 2007 @ 7:20 am
  5. I love this painting and others, of course. Also, I agree with your sentiment about painting as if you didn’t care or it didn’t matter. When I tell myself, so what . . ., who cares. . .. just do it, my stuff comes out much better.

    Comment by ellen2art — June 1, 2007 @ 8:19 am
  6. I like this one too. It looks much nicer, even quickly scribbled, than Newport in Wales! (where my beloved lives)

    Comment by Jackie — June 1, 2007 @ 11:20 am
  7. Although I frequently have trouble being loose, I do tend to prefer looser work – I think it’s because when something loose really works it’s confident and authoritative as well as fresh. You have that here, and also in the market flowers sketch.

    Comment by Sarah — June 2, 2007 @ 3:40 am

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