This is a shelf in my studio where you can see propped up two faces from Marina Abramovic's The Artist Is Present from 2010. These are mono-prints in oil paint, which was how I initially wanted to approach painting faces from Abramovic's 2010 performance. This was a few years back, and around that time I saw the documentary on the artist Wayne White called "Beauty is Embarrassing", wherein White states that making art should be FUN. I promptly dropped my mono-print project and moved on to something else. It can't have been that much fun, because I have no memory of what it was.
Fast forward to a few months ago, when I decided to participate in The 100 Day Project. I revisited the idea of painting faces from Marco Anelli's book "Portraits in the Presence of Marina Abramovic", and decided to do them in ink, as that's what I had been using for a few months. I had no real plan apart from wanting and needing an ass-kicking with regards to getting back into painting, and with producing new art in general. Then this new undertaking proceeded to take over my life.
Who knew that 100 days was so long? I remember getting to painting No. 12 and thinking, "Wow, I've painted 12 of these things!" So proud of myself. The arc of the project was such that by the time I had passed the 50 and especially the 75 mark, I barely looked at what I was producing anymore. MUST... KEEP... GOING. I learned a few things along the way. Mainly that placing an arbitrary structure upon yourself can have an astonishing effect! I saw the paintings improve, but some were less than great and I had to post them anyway- that was humbling. Not that I was on such a lofty perch to begin with. Along with the improvements, some of the elements remained "amateurish" in my estimation- I have never been specifically trained in painting faces, or painting with ink- I was finding my way as I went. It was an adventure.
Whether in music or art I have always been drawn to that which I connect to emotionally over that which demonstrates technical proficiency. Yet in my painting I find I am usually wound up about trying to execute it "perfectly", even when technical art is not what I generally admire. I fought with myself over that at the beginning of this process, then eventually gave up because I didn't have time for the battle! I had a lot of paintings to get done! I decided I would worry about that another day.
I got a lot of encouragement. It seemed that everyone I spoke to or saw was following my progress, regardless of whether or not they had indicated on "wastebook" that they were. I would like to thank everyone for all the nice things they said.
Bye for now. The blog shall now return to regular programming.