When viewing paintings on walls of museums, galleries and homes, we see only the artist's resolution of the painting ... the final layer. What is hidden is the process, the sequence of decisions, corrections and moments of inspired risks. I love seeing the final resolution hung boldly upon a wall for all to see. Even more, I love seeing inside of the artist's mind through the artist's sketchbooks and journals.
As a young artist in my twenties, I was unable to recognize the strokes, lines and patterns that would continue to appear in my work in spite of my attempts to banish them. I saw them as weaknesses, not the strengths that would fuel my determination to continue my journey as an artist.
Recently, when reorganizing my studio, I took the time to glance through several of my older sketchbooks and I saw the story of my spiral path, returning always to the very core of what inspires me and drives me to learn new skills and hone the skills I...
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