Block Buster -artist's block, that is...
The White Iris is the beginning of the end (I hope) of my current artist's block - which I envision as a huge boulder sitting right smack dab in the middle of my road. From the moment I saw the beautiful white flower growing in the neighbor's yard, I knew I HAD to paint it. That feeling is what has been missing from my journey the past couple of weeks. Thomas Edison said "genius is one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration," and as a genius he would know about things like that. On the other hand, as an artist I know that the tiny little one percent is the most crucial of the whole equation. Without inspiration, there is no real art, no matter how much perspiration is generated. And, like it or not, real inspiration comes from God, not from me. In Bible college I learned that the word inspiration actually means "God-breathed." Wow! So, when I become dry and weary from trying to crank out artwork because I am supposed to, because people expect it, because I have to list something by Tuesday, or because if I don't produce something, I am no longer an artist - well, it is time to step back and let God "breathe" into me again.
It seems fitting that the last painting I did before my block was a white Persian cat, and the first painting afterward is a white flower. I love painting "white," because it never really is just white. There are always soft subtle colors in the shadows and bright highlights that are just a step away from white. I get lost in them.
This painting is acrylic on gessoed board, framed with a black wooden frame. It has been listed on Daily Painters and Art Helping Animals. 10% will be donated to Old Dog Haven and 10% to Children's Cup International Relief.