This is a painting I did while we were in Maui during October and November of this year.
I haven’t been painting very long, only since September of 2012. So, maybe what is difficult for me, is old hat to other artists. Although, I think that most artists have the same recurring difficulties that I do.
I can often get myself to think I’m not a very good artist. I know I’m no Gauguin, although I would like to be. But, I think my painting is pretty good. I know that it makes people happy to look at it. I know it is cheerful and filled with bright, beautiful colors.
But there are days, and it happened in this painting where I think I’m horrible. I get to a certain point in a painting, and it become difficult and challenging. This is when I can tend to beat myself up. I don’t get too severe with myself. I told myself a year ago, that if I continued to do that, I would have to give up art. I was making myself too miserable.
But when this painting got about 3/4 done, I became very frustrated with it. But I finally worked my way out of the little snit and finished it.
I used some new brushes in this painting. They were made by a friend who has Painter. They are Liquid Brushes. They are a very old technology in Painter. So old, in fact, that they do not paint on layers. But they were fun brushes to use. They make a very nice bristly stroke.