Eyes On The Prize

This canvas was stalled.  At times I felt I was going through the motions.  Painting is like any other job, it has it routines.  And I do not mind following certain proven steps with each canvas,  proven effective procedures, which opens up more time for me to try different ideas.

But what happens is although I enjoy having some standard steps to follow something inside catches that and stops me hard against the wall if I am just applying pretty paint and not understanding just what the canvas is trying to become.   Each of these works demands its own identity, and I am constantly reminded by that when my efforts fall short. Like each of us even a work of art must find its own way.