Pear Trees on Ockley - Revenge of the Shadows
"... we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us."
Today was my “I’m going to pull my hair out over these stupid shadows!” day. I really don’t like the painting right now. I know from past experience chances are that if I persevere through this phase I’ll come out on the other side the better for it, and with at least a perfectly ok painting. The source of my frustration? In a nutshell, making art. (Paradoxically also one of my greatest joys.) More particularly, the shadows in the foreground are getting kind of creepy looking, which is definitely NOT what I was going for. In a moment of weakness I thought about giving up and passing it off as part of the Yin Yang of the painting – you know, the balance between the creepiness of the shadows and the friendliness of the sidewalk beyond. Only a passing thought. My husband says “sometimes making art is like sticking a knife in your head.” Today that is the case. But never fear, gentle reader, tomorrow (hopefully) I shall move forward, bending the creepy shadows to my will.