Today has been one of those days when I've struggled with the portrait painting. I have scraped and sanded Sharon's face again and reshaped it. Now I will let it dry overnight and begin again tomorrow.
On another note, I just finished visiting the blog, Dianne Mize: Bagatelles and Meanderings. In her post today one of the things she said struck a deep chord with me which was ". . . I argued with myself that I really needed to post something on the blog, but then I argued back that I'm not painting for the blog, but for my artistic discovery and growth."
I asked Dianne's permission to use this quote as it expressed so well the pressure I sometimes feel to post to the blog. Blogging is a wonderful way to share bits and pieces of what goes into a painting. We get to share our struggles, the excitement when an Ah Ha moment happens, the paintings either at various stages and/or their completion. Hopefully sharing this information has a second important aspect which is to contribute in some small measure to another person's growth too.
I so appreciate the artists such as Dianne who so willingly share their knowledge but most especially the way they share their art.