18 x 24, oil
A recent commission that I love... with the reference photo below
Isn't she adorable?
Last week, I worked on a 30 x 20 painting of some beautiful purple irises that my mother brought me from her garden.
You will never ever, ever see that painting.
At a recent workshop I was teaching, I was being asked questions while painting my demo. With the easy questions, I can keep painting and answer.
"What size brush are you using?"
"How did you mix that color?"
But every now and then, I get asked a question that makes me stop and think about what to say.
"Gina, do you think there is such a thing as BAD ART?"
I kept painting probably for about ten seconds, buying time.
And this was my answer.
"Yes. And a lot of it is in my basement."
And here's something else most people are surprised to hear:
"I have destroyed hundreds of paintings."
That painting that you only see the edge of above... with the setup of purple irises. BAD ART.
Some paintings I thought were pretty good at one time, I no longer like them. I found a painting one day that I remember being so proud of after I finished it... and believe me... Oh, it's horrible.
I think that's what keeps me going. I want to keep getting better. And I think most artists will agree with me. It's so exciting to finish a painting and be happy with it. And those "bad art" paintings that I still produce make the ones I'm happy with even better (like the one at the beginning of this post... I love that painting!)
Even though I'm now teaching workshops, I still try to take a workshop every now and then from an artist I admire. Not to learn to paint like them, but to learn from them. To be inspired. To become a better teacher. And to be around other artists trying to get better.