My work is about to take a detour. I've always been in search of my true voice and it's been a long, winding path. Trying to get in touch with one's authentic artist voice is a push and pull of learning from others and listening to oneself. Sometimes the listening to oneself is the most difficult.
Being objective and critical of one's work takes some distance and time. It's a matter of knowing what works and what doesn't . When it doesn't, I feel it's a waste of time and energy. But in fact, all those "mistakes" are how I've learned. And all those "mistakes" have shown me where I want to go.
I'll be talking more about where I want to go in future posts. In the meantime, I'm taking an on-line course with Deborah Paris. She's a gifted artist and an amazing teacher. She knows how to pare down compositions and paint in a truly luminous style. I'm learning so much from taking this class. But I don't want my work to look exactly like hers (which is beautiful and unique). I want my work to look like mine.