OK, so, before we go any further, and we look at the results of my latest efforts in the studio, I want you to do me a favor. I want you to watch this short video. It is the third part of a four part YouTube video series whereby Ira Glass, of NPR radio, gets interviewed on what makes good storytelling. I think we can apply what he is saying to all the arts. You name the art form: writing, sewing, painting, music, drawing, cooking; it does not matter, what he has to say is something we need to perk up our ears to, and take notice. It is vital that as beginning artist we expose ourselves to material, such as this clip, that cushions-the-blow, if you will, when our pieces of art don't quite hit the mark. We need to have an accurate perspective in order to make valid assessments of where we are in our journey to becoming better at that which we have chosen to spend so much effort on.
Watch the video.
This is called Flowers and the Red Vase. It is 2'x5', again very large.
I like the mark making. I am in love with the color I find in even the tiniest little bits of the canvas.
These are closeups of the canvas surface:
I need to remember what Ira Glass said in the video. I need to remember it, over and over again. I need to keep an accurate perspective - it is the most valuable component to my improvement as an artist. Without it, I would stop.