Friday, December 18, 2015

Abe and Kahlia

Abe and Kahlia
Oil on black canvas, 24x48

I am learning not to argue against ideas when they come. This is a hard task for me, but is part of the learning process. 

Ideas show up in my head and my heart, and if they are strange, if they are different, if they constitute a detour, I balk. If I don't follow up on the ideas, though, they follow me. They keep declaring themselves, again and again, until I listen. 

It's like when you're dieting, and what you really want is a brownie - but you shouldn't have a brownie. So you have an apple, a yogurt, a piece of cheese, a banana, a tablespoon of peanut butter - but in the end, you have the brownie, because it's what you really want. It's what your body is crying out for. You'd have been far better off if you'd just had the brownie in the first place. 

That's how it works with the ideas. I can't get to the next painting until I paint the one that keeps declaring itself. Thus, Abe and Kahlia. 

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