I'm reading and painting. I started with Gerhard Richter's "The Daily Practice of Painting". It's the perfect book if you need permission to trust your gut. I keep looking for the absolute answers in regards to what is good, how I can improve. Gerhard will strip all that away. He has so many opinions about art and painters that by the end of the book I was ready to throw out all theory and just paint. Whew! I needed that. Thank you, Gerhard.
I have less than 2 weeks before returning to Oaxaca. In that time I vow to paint every day. I'll post them here. Every painting is a brave experiment. I'll be the first to confess that painting is scary and that I am self critical. So it's a wrestle with myself to get anything out at all.
What would make me happy is to think that my courage could give you the courage to explore as well. I had a great conversation with a friend this week who confessed that she wont even start because she is so self critical and perfectionistic.
That's the enemy. That voice in your head.
Challenge it. Don't let it stop you.