Oil paint and cold wax is a seductive combination and it is easy to convince yourself that you have created a magical and wonderful painting. The emotion and feelings are genuine but often fail to reflect the reality. I guess all my paintings follow a similar psychological trajectory, the well-travelled journey from anticipation to elation to disillusionment.
Leaving the studio, absolutely certain I have created a work of compelling aesthetic significance, I return in the morning to see the opposite truth.....it simply doesn't work.
I guess this is a lesson in life. We need to tell ourselves that there will be a series of peaks - and troughs - before the summit is reached.......in terms of painting, we should perhaps be grateful that the summit may forever be beyond our reach.
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