Mary Oliver: The Artist’s Task

Crossposting from my other blog today while I clear my work table for a new painting session.

Colour Cottage

“It is a silver morning like any other. I am at my desk. Then the phone rings, or someone raps at the door. I am deep in the machinery of my wits. Reluctantly I rise, I answer the phone or I open the door. And the thought which I had in hand, or almost in hand, is gone. Creative work needs solitude. It needs concentration, without interruptions. It needs the whole sky to fly in, and no eye watching until it comes to that certainty which it aspires to, but does not necessarily have at once. Privacy, then. A place apart — to pace, to chew pencils, to scribble and erase and scribble again.

But just as often, if not more often, the interruption comes not from another but from the self itself, or some other self within the self, that whistles and pounds upon the door panels and tosses…

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17/21 days – Largest painting

Ooops, I fell off the grid for a week due to unforeseen circumstances. Rather than try to catch up to the challenge #21daysinmyartworld I’ll leave the prompts for later postings when I have something to say or show. Today’s prompt is “show the largest painting you’ve ever done”. Mine is 21 years old and one of the few oldies still in my possession because it was on the wall of our old flat.

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8/21 days – Inspiration

Nature more than anything is what inspires me. Not to copy in painting, because I have a camera for that, but the energy, the impressions, the joy of having open horizons and weather all around you, the wildlife I see every day just outside my window. All the colours of the garden and the sunset, the seasons.
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7/21 days – Colour palette

This could refer to the surface you mix your paint on, or groups of colours that you feel go well together. I use paper plates or a couple of plexiglas/perspex squares, one gets thrown out, the other gets scraped off, so that’s quite dull to talk about, let’s move on to colour, my favourite stimulant. (I do admit to sometimes saving a plate for a little while if it has a good combo, but mostly I throw them out when they get too bumpy)
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