Julie Akeman Art Blog
"The lessons you are meant to learn are in your work. To see them you need only look at the work clearly-without judgement, without need or fear, without wishes or hopes. Without emotional expectations. Ask your work what it needs, not what you need."
An interesting lesson from the Art and Fear book. I am making more headway in the development of my work by following this lesson than when I was comparing to other 'greats' in the art world. I had felt my stuff was lacking some sort of substance. I could paint well, at the time I was taking classes and we were copying photos, my shots came from calendars. Moving away from that and making my own photo references the pictures were not comming out. One city scape was remminscent to Hopper only mine was more sunnier. When I looked at one city scape I decided to play up the colors a bit. I painted over the dull looking 'local color' and just used bright greens, purples and my favorite ultramarine blue. It sounds garish but next month I'll put the pic up here and you can see what I'm talking about. It just works. I have it hanging in my bedroom and I look at it constantly, as well as the few others in my room. I've got the shell, greenman the dragon, the mermaid in my room so I am looking at them and I think about what is really good and what it needs to be better. I'm not going to change the paintings I have on the site now, I'm just thinking ahead to the next pieces yet to be done. That is the whole point of the above quoted lesson.