Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Running a Marathon

Painting is like running a marathon. It starts with lots of energy. Things go quickly and progress made with little effort. However, getting to the finish line requires dedication and stamina. The further along you are in a painting, the more difficult it becomes. It's not just knowing at what point to stop, it's knowing how far you can go. Each of us has limits for making a quality work. Beyond that we cannot go. Realizing that limit is important in winning the race. We should always try and push the limit and be our best but at some point the painting takes a reverse in quality. I'm speaking as someone who paints landscapes and not experimental pieces. That's a whole different subject.

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