It’s OK

Sometimes try as we might, a painting isn’t what we hoped.  I had a feeling that this painting wouldn’t be my favorite.  I didn’t feel well yesterday and today even after going for a lovely walk in the forrest I couldn’t shake the blues.

I tried a couple of compositions but I didn’t love them.  I made a delicious meal.  I tried a couple more compositions.  Didn’t love them.  I watched a movie.  Then I decided to throw all reservation to the wind.   I painted this:

Seeing it now I can see things about it that I like and things I dislike.  When I began this painting I decided to focus on making the wood look more realistic.  I like the progression of wood grain.  Maybe tomorrow I will like the painting more.  Or maybe I won’t.  And that’s OK.

I enjoy the practice of painting even when the painting doesn’t thrill me in the end.  It’s about the practice, the process of painting.

My best,
Emily Warren

Published by Art Belongs to Everyone

The work is inspired by an engagement with play and making peace with uncertainty. I work experimentally, using a digital video to explore painting. I use sound and moving images in non-traditional ways to reverse expectations of horror and comedy. I am drawn to the whimsical nature of self-discovery. I construct repeating narratives, often depicting varying scenarios of serenity, silliness, and reflection.

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