52 Cups of Coffee
Week 2/52 : Under Pressure (#1 and #2)
I find it funny it should be week 2 that I start to choke and have a difficult time deciding on to what to paint.I walked into the Studio 52 Project with really no plan but to sit and explore this “new” medium. There isn’t really a whole lot of information out there about coffee painting and even fewer artists that work with it on a professional level. So, I felt what better way is there for me to get to really know it but to work with it on a weekly basis for an entire year.“Just play around and have fun with it,” I told myself. “Just Paint…EXPLORE!” (Mystical Bob Ross hands float all about here)Well, easier said than done.
Sometimes We (the Artist) have serious creative blocks, sometimes we make up lame excuses not to paint or Sometimes life really does gets in the way. Then there are times we feel so obligated to create something so “amazing” that the pressure from that becomes almost crippling.We (the Artist) can and will in fact sit there in front of our blank canvas and stair at it FOREVER! We will stew and stress over creating that “perfect image” and no matter what we paints we will never be truly happy. We will always see the flaws or wish we went a different route. Sometimes we paint it again, and again until we get it to a point where we can be “happy enough” to “let it go” and move on. Many canvases end up in the trash, slashed, burnt or simply painted over again only to become something else (that AGAIN we probably won’t be fully satisfied with).Just like the Doctor is it’s worst Patient…the Artist is its worst Critic. Very rarely do we create something we LOVE and when we do… WOooooW!The perfect painting, It does happen. It’s Like finding a spunky little Mona Lisa Unicorn. And maybe (if we’re lucky) just maybe it will happen a couple of times in our lifetime. Once we’ve seen it and possessed this mythical creature … well … it’s even harder to look at our future pieces with just as much “sizzle” as we had before but we are absolutely determined to find it again. We feel “under pressure” to create more fabulous things and (to some artists) it’s a lot to deal with.I’ve seen it … I’m there.