I’m back from Maui. A very long day of travel from a few parsecs away. I left last night at 8 pm Maui time and got in (after a big delay on the ground) around 5pm tonight (you also add 5 hours). That’s a lot of time sitting on airline seats. But now I have the use of all 10 fingers to post before I crash in to the deep dreamy world, and while I can still think I thought it would be good to start putting up a few. I have several from the trip I haven’t posted, the last 4 or 5 were from my iphone using the wordpress app which is very convenient but takes a lot of time to type one quarter the words. So, to catch up, here’s the hula girl quick draw from the middle of the week. We all circle up, shoulder to shoulder, around a model that someone finds and we paint away for two hours. It’s exceptionally daunting for me because I am surrounded by some great talent and I don’t want them to look over at anytime and say, “Sheeeez, I thought you could draw.” This seems to amp the pressure to perform way up and leaves a residue of panic throughout the process. Stress works against the art spirit. Plus the fact that this was an exceptionally beautiful island girl and I surely didn’t want to do her any injustice. Somewhere in the middle of the 2 hours I became painfully aware of my every move as well as all the other artists and all the standers by. It’s a lot like any sport, I’d imagine, once you start thinking about it you are doomed. It’s only when you cut right through the intellect in to the backyard of intuition that things happen.
This was not a big painting, 12×16, which made the face somewhere in the neighborhood of 3/4″x 1″. Armed with only one or two small brushes plus some big flats and filberts, I placed note after note of color on her face in all the wrong places taking the likeness farther away from the beauty and more toward the beast. But somewhere in the last 15 minutes, I stopped, took a breath and started to see. I couldn’t get much worse, but maybe I could get better. It’s only when I really look and compare all the shapes and values to one another, stop looking at the object as a thing (in this case a hula girl) and start seeing shapes and relationships, that I really start to see. I think it turned out pretty good. It was a good likeness anyway, at least as far as you know. 2 hours and change.