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The Armchair Artist

It’s been just a little too cold in the studio lately so I’ve moved operations inside temporarily. Leeloo, our rescue great dane likes to critique from the couch. I call her the armchair artist similar to an armchair quarterback. She just critiques and deconstructs my work as if she could do any better. “The nose is a little off, that eye is too far to the left”, She says. “Are sure you want to use that shade of red?” “Why would you use three cubes?”

The truth is it’s my own inner critic that I’m channeling through the droopy eyes of our 14 year old Fawnequin Great Dane from a Alabama. It’s a process that all artists go through with every piece of artwork they create. It is a very important process, but can be exhausting at times and downright nasty. Sometimes I just have to take a break from the painting, let it sit for a while and move on to the next one. When I come back to the painting, I usually have fresh “eyes” and my subconscious has worked out the problems in the background of my mind and I know what to do next to finish the painting.  The important thing is to listen and push myself, but also to take everything with a grain of salt.

Leeloo and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

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