Evolution of Art

If you’re into painting, you’re familiar with the attachment, fear and thrill, that comes with each phase of completion. Attachment to what’s good about it. Fear that you’ll mess it up. And thrill from pushing forward (despite that fear of losing) only to get something back that you’ll love even more, a few strokes down the line. This continues until there’s no square inch of the piece that leaves me unsatisfied. (Or until I get bored and/or paralyzed by fear and shelve it for an indefinite amount of time.)

Here’s one, recently finished, inspired by a beautiful photograph of the Columbia Gorge:

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