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I've spent the past several weeks - okay, months - struggling with my work. Nothing quite pleased me.I tried: different supports: copper, board, smooth, rough; different undertones: bright, earthy, neutral; different methods of applying paint: thin and transparent, palette-knife heavy; and I've tried different colours. Heaps of paint were sacrificed every day and there wasn't much to show for it.
But, in the past couple of weeks, I feel like I've gotten my groove back. It's not the same groove - my palette and application have changed somewhat - but it's related, and boy, does it feel good.
It seems now that the struggle was necessary for me to produce new and confident work.
Not that much has changed on the outside; I added a couple of new colours to my palette and reduced my use of others and I experimented with new subject matter. But on the inside, I feel like a different painter. Having tried so many techniques and styles, I have been able to rule out a lot of options as "just not right for me". Now I can move forward knowing that, while there are a lot of other ways to paint, I've tried many of them and have discovered (or rediscovered) the one that pleases me the most.
That's a relief!