Here are the new progress shots of the Conan painting.
A few days ago I somehow managed to bring the painting to the edge of disaster,
when I tried to paint the background. I needed to define the color and the
values of the background first, in order to know how to tackle the rest of the
painting. It just did not work out. I
got more and more desperate as I started to realize that my initial intention to
paint the background lighter than the
foreground, was not a good idea after all. So, at the end of the exhausting day,
I finally decided to make a radical change and to rearrange and repaint the
The painting looks still quite messy and far from being
finished, but at least now I know how to proceed with it.
Some paintings are destined to have a relatively
smooth and more or less clearly defined path. Others are unpredictable and have
a stubborn character. The paintings with the less “tamable” character tend to
cause some headaches and sleepless nights, never the less, they often help us to
transcend the dusty and established routes, and our cliché-thinking, that from
time to time need to be shaken a little,
in order for us to grow and to bring our work to another level. I guess that not
everyone like the turbulences that the change often brings with it, but if we
want to be completely honest, we have to admit that the change (together with the
transience) is the only permanent and certain thing in Life. It will never
disappoint us by its absence. So I say, don’t be afraid, embrace it instead, as
much as you can.