The biggest problem I face when doing any sort of artwork is perfectionism. I want everything to look just right – exactly like it looks in my head. But trying to work that way made me depressed and tired, and caused me to dread actually doing artwork.
Funny story – I tried to paint something that didn’t turn out quite the way that I expected, and when I decided not to keep it, I slammed my hand into the paint in frustration… The rest is history.
There’s a story behind this project (not very surprising, right). I wrote a poem a couple of years ago (not a very good one) whose title was “Water”, and I ended up spilling water on it, so that the ink dissolved and half of the text was impossible to read.
This is a gallery of some of the portraits I’ve been doing over the years – including two self-portraits. Materials vary from acrylic paint over pastels to plain ol’ drawings.
Horse running in a desert – a pastel drawing on coloured paper I did about two years ago. It still amazes me how much can be achieved just by choosing the right colour paper from the outset.