Wednesday, April 15, 2009


I read recently that failure can enhance your brain. When those with growth mind-sets (rather than fixed mind-sets) fail at a task, the brain enters a focused state and grows as it tries to solve the problem. I'm hoping that a couple days of frustration with this painting has enhanced my brain.

I began this painting with a fantastic reference photo that I took through a rain spattered window. The beautiful reference photo was the problem because I found myself trying to duplicate the scene. After hosing the pastel off 3 times, I started again, repeating the word RESTRAINT all the while I was working. I finally have a result I'm pleased with though it is nothing like the reference photo - and that's a good thing. 21 x 18 inches.

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