Become an artist for crying out loud!

“My Retaining Wall, Dry Stacked”, 18″ x 24″, India ink on Yupo paper.

Vermont landscapes… mountains, farms, villages, and trees. Most of my landscapes have been a combination of at least three of these four elements. Three weeks ago, I challenged myself to paint only a group of random trees in the woods. Nothing else. My last blog featured the resulting “Locusts and White Pines”. It involved a real struggle. In the process, I worked through some tough (for me) situations and created a good, strong piece. So this past weekend, I tried again. I challenged myself to simply go out in the yard and paint a stone wall. It involved a real struggle. In the process, I worked through some tough (for me again) situations and created a good, strong piece.

I might be on to something. Pushing out of my comfort zone when I don’t really have to is not easy. I was urged on by my friend Joe. He’s been pestering me to become much more than a technician. “Become an Artist for crying out loud!” I’m on my way Joe. I’m on my way.

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