I like them...but you don't have to

"I like your shoes" acrylic on canvas, 5" x 7" $40

When I first started painting, blank white canvas used to intimidate the crap out of me. I would unwrap it, put it on the easel and just stare at it for a few minutes. What if I made a mistake? What if what I painted sucked so bad, I got discouraged and decided to never paint again? What if I forgot how to paint? What should go on this canvas? Eventually this apprehension has gone away...as I have painted lots of work I like...and the ones that suck I have painted over, and not really wrecked any canvas...and the "suck" evidence has sufficiently been hidden. Phew.

Then there is also wanting to paint stuff that is cool, or that sells well, or that people like...and that comes with a whole other set of stress, so at the beginning of every year, I decide I won't stress about that. So this year, I am not painting stuff that I think you will like. I am painting things that I like. I hope you enjoy the work, but I'm hoping that will be a by product of plowing ahead and trying new things on my part.

Today I hang my first show of the year, so I had better get those labels written and the picture wire on. See you tomorrow!