Mermaids (detail) unfinished ©2015 Amber MacGregor
Sometimes a painting just takes far longer than I am expecting. This one is proving far more challenging than I was prepared for. That is not necessarily a bad thing but it's always interesting to come up against walls when you are in creative mode, then you figure out how to climb over them or get around them. I have become a lazy painter, it's true, I used to be a determined one and now I'm more of a lazy one for sure. If something isn't working I look for something else to do, another painting, another problem unrelated to painting to occupy me. It isn't like I have a lot of free time to just hang out not painting when I have time in the studio. I just procrastinate when the going gets tough. Sometimes I have to force myself to just get back to it which has been the case lately with the mermaids. It reminds me of so many crappy paintings I did in art school. Why did I choose that odd greenish blue colour to predominate? So many questions but in the end it's either get it done or scrap it, pretty much. I am attempting to actually finish it to a state that I appreciate and want to look at.
My daughter has been sick the last couple of days so I haven't had time to get to the studio, which is hard especially when I am trying to complete work for a show. But you just have to do what's doing and that for me right now is looking after my little mite. So back to some watercolours at home and trying to get on with things.
I hope you are all having a productive Spring!
All the best to eveyone!