Saturday, September 8, 2012

I wish I could - I know I can-



                              Boy in the sea- (summer memories 1)-Gouache on paper

The week has ended and I am frustrated. What works in my sketchbooks doesn't quite happen in the final works. I worked on a painting for three days, and had to chuck it in the end. One more bad painting is just bringing me closer to a better painting, right? I kept this boy. Every good painting also brings me a step closer to a better painting. And so the story goes.
I wish I could. I know I can.



Erin said...

Beautifully captured...! Love the colours too!
Wishing you a great week end. x

annamaria potamiti said...

Thank you Erin;-)

Kathleen Maunder said...

I identify with every word.

In one art class, the teacher told us to bring a painting we hated. We didn't know what she had in store for us. She asked us to cut the painting into squares, rearrange the squares and glue them to a new piece of paper leaving room to add new elements between them. I ended up with a work I never would have otherwise made and I loved it. :)

Sandra Robinson said...

I have the same problem, I seem to loose the freedom that I have in my sketchbook when I work on larger paintings. Love your colours and the palette looks like a lovely abstract painting :)

Kim Baise said...

i can also identify w/ your frustration! your art is perfection and i would actually love to see the ones you tossed out.... i'll bet they are not half as awful as you think!
love this little swimmer boy <3

Hazel Terry said...

Dear Annamaria
good days :-D bad days :-(
You are right, it is a path and one leads to another sometimes you can make it work sometimes it just isn't going to especially when you try too hard.
I like Kathleen's experience.
and this is a lovely painting.

erleichda said...

this boy reminds me watching my son getting in the sea
although only his back is visible one can sense his eagerness

Καλή μου Αννα Μαρια
και βέβαια μπορείς : )

Unknown said...

Love this painting and you should have joined the drawing challenge of Rachel this week - the theme was "swim".
xo Barbara

Taryn Day said...

Unfortunately I believe we can't produce good paintings without also making bad ones...but it is a bitter pill. Sounds like you are moving past this one with a good attitude- love this boy :)

Sophie Munns said...

I adore the view of your working space and this gorgeous little work in your book!

Ahhh... the dreaded push and pull of the studio... its surely a love/hate thing all too often.

I sometimes had decided something was completely without merit only to discover much later it signified a new development and was curiously of value not first appreciated.
Good working Annamaria... to me it looks like its all happening .... beautifully so!
xo S

Paravent said...

I love this boy Annamaria! He is amazing! I so know what you mean about bad days. Hang in there. I usually find I've learned something even with the worst outcomes. Kx

Francesca said...

you write so beautifully. sometimes i produce exactly what is in my head and it's so pleasing. not always, but sometimes :-) x

Emily Brisse said...

Your talent is superb! What a painting. I'm always amazed by how varied and wondrous our individual gifts are. Just lovely.

Miss Herzfrisch said...

What a wonderful sommer impression...I really love the colours.
Have a great week-end