This stage of a painting is always so much fun. Things happen REALLY fast and the instantaneous effects of big swaths of color are always exciting for me. It's a new beginning with endless possibilities.
Sometimes this stage of the painting calls to me, asking, "can't you leave me like this? Unapologetic, bold, and in your face." I seriously consider it sometimes. There is something about it that just feels true and unafraid. Of course, after seeing how this piece turned out it just doesn't even compare.
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I think that is how life can be a lot of times. We might thing something seems good, or good enough, and we think we should just stop where we are. Moving forward courageously can produce some really great results and end with a beauty and deepness that we didn't know we could have. I don't know... it just seems to resonate with me in this moment. There is still beauty in the first part, as there is beauty in all the stages of our lives, but putting in the work sure does make a difference.
On the art side of this, I'm seriously considering a series of some sort with the blocky, pop-feeling paintings. We'll see what comes of it, but the creative juices are flowing. That's always something to be grateful for too!