The paintings that are hung on these virtual walls, range from completed work, to works-in-progress. The process is a bit like fly fishing, as I work to push the paint and composition toward an abstract direction - only to reel it back in again, to find the sweet spot for detail and clarity.

More Byronisms

Excerpts (in quotes) from the book entitled,
"The spiritual process of creating art" - Stop thinking and paint!"
by designer/photographer/artist/writer, Byron Gates, Jr.
Byron Gates, Jr. Art Space

1. Thinking about Painting is Antithetical to the Physical Process of Painting
The brain likes to ponder it's left-sidedness; forever if you allow it. Indulge in this analytical thinking, and you will never move on to the part where you are actually PAINTING!

"Stop thinking and paint. Paint, paint, paint, rinse and repeat. F- the quality, f- the concept, f- everyone and f- everything while you're at it." - BGJr.

2. Seeing is Believing
Believe that your evolution as a an artist - depends on your practice of "seeing".

"A painting is just pratice, and when one stops learning and observing and wanting more from a work, it's time to take an adult evening at the local Jr College in small engine repair."
- BGJr.

3. Your Perception of Failure
You are not 8 years old. Stop grading your work, and paint!

"I think, you shouldn't worry about what the fin product looks like. It's perfect, just as you have finished it. If you truly hate it, then the excersise was sucessful. You tried and failed. So what? The reality is that because you tried is reason enough to claim sucess. Period. It's when you stop trying you have failed."

Link to Byron Gates' first book, entitled, "50 Truths and 50 Lies - The First 50 Years"