Back in 1987 I took a painting workshop out in Montana from the great wildlife artist, Robert Bateman. We were surprised to hear him say, “For the first 90% of my paintings, I’m horribly depressed. Then about the last 10%, things come together.” It’s kind of a joke among my artist friends — we’ll call each other and moan over the phone about how awful our current painting is at the moment. The still life I’m working on looked so pathetic two days ago I didn’t have the guts to share it with you!
Yesterday one of my buddies sent me this. I should print it and post on my studio wall:
Lately I’ve been doing tulip paintings, going through all the colors available in the markets: red, yellow, purple and now pink. The snow is about gone and so is my patience! Note to self: do NOT use this blanket again! Soon gardening season will start and I’ll trade my brushes for a shovel.