The Longest Journey

The Longest Journey

The Longest Journey
encaustic mixed media
16×12 inches

This morning marks the fifth day of school being canceled due to the blizzard. While the kids have been living it up, I am getting quite behind in what needs to be getting done in the studio. I have been trying to get in either really early in the morning or late at night. I somehow managed to finish this painting a few days ago.

The title of this painting is quite fitting as this painting has been through quite a journey. One of the things I tend to do, especially in January is take a good deep look at my paintings that I have on hand and see if there are any that I need to let go and rework. This was one of them. It was tough because I still liked the painting it was, but I felt like it could be better, that it could speak to what I was trying to say in a much clearer voice.

It’s always difficult to put down that first layer of paint, after which there is no turning back. Revisiting, evaluating, re-making, doing over, rebuilding. It all comes down to a deep seated trust- in the self and in the process.

…and it turns out to be a mistake, well, just keep painting.

“Every canvas is a journey all its own.”- Helen Frankenthaler

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