The next step

I have worked from the live nude periodically since the early 1970's. This blog started August 9th, 2012 in my second year of working almost exclusively from the figure.

In the fall of 2015 I reintroduced still lifes and an occasional cityscape into my painting repertoire. Rather than abandon this figure blog or start a new one I decided to add them to the conservation.

All drawings and paintings posted on this blog were done entirely from live models or on location.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Doubt Revisited

I wrote a post three years ago about doubt (see December 30th 2013). For most artists some doubt regarding their work is unavoidable and even desirable. But I have always viewed self doubt as a lack of confidence and therefore a character flaw. That is until I came across this quote by Henry James: "We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art."

Female Nude, oil pastel on toned paper, 10 1/2" X 9", 2016

I am currently going through an uncertain period with my painting. To say that I have doubts relating to multiple aspects of my work would be an understatement. Before reading James I would have been doing some major hand wringing right about now. But what a comforting option he has given me.

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