Had a nice conversation the other day with Mary, a friend/sometime student. She had discovered that if a painting didn’t work, there may be a part of it that did and it was OK to tear off the “icky” parts, saving only the jewel. Put me in mind of a long time ago conversation fellow artist Gary.
G and Is had our studios in the same dilapidated warehouse in the downtown St. Louis. I was making extremely large prints. So, one day, G dropped into say hello and check out the newest work.
“Good stuff,” says he. “Why don’t you tear them up into smaller prints?”
Insulted, I aked, “Don’t you like these pieces?”
“Like them a lot! But if you tear them up, you will have more of them.”
It took me many years to heed that advice and that is just what I did today when I got into the studio. Here are before/after pix. What do you think?