Saturday, June 23, 2007

"de Old"

8 x 10"

oil on masonite


I worked on a painting yesterday in which, in about the 5th hour into it, I picked up a rag and wiped it off my board. It was as if I had no say in it - my hand just did what it did. It would be like spending 5ish hours on making the best lasagna recipe, taking it out of the oven and pitching it in the garbage. Not a good day of painting.

Today was better, it always is. I remember watching this older gentleman in the de Young Museum - he scooted up to every single label of every painting and read them all. Funny thing is he hardly looked at the art. Perhaps he did that the last time he was at the museum.

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Mike said...

Karin . . .I have been subscribing by email to your stuff for a few months and am excited at every posting. There is a deep emotional content to your work that touches me in every piece. (not news to you, I'm sure!) Hats are definetely off with deep bows to you!


Anonymous said...

I think it's a great painting, I like that touch of green. May I ask you a question? Do you always paint wet on wet? Reading your post I think you prefer to finish a painting in one session.Maybe I'm wrong. Thank you for now. I like your work very much!

Karin Jurick said...

Paola - I do paint wet on wet. And I do prefer to start and finish a painting in the same day or night. Sometimes I think that's a result of my short span of attention - or just a sense of accomplishment in a day's work.
And thank you both for the comments.

Bill Brauker said...

Thank you for sharing your, "bad day" story. If a master, such as you has one, then we know that it happens, and when we have them, we can work our way past them. Clearly the painting today, is a, "good one."

Katherine Muschick Schneider said...

Thanks for the encouraging news that even an accomplished, porlific artist like you has "off" days creating. It can be so discouraging and a real hinderence to move forward and keep at it. Thanks for the much needed insight to work through those "off" days. I had one yesturday ,too.
You are very generous to share your insights as wellas your impressive talent with us all.
Kay Schneider

Jeff Mahorney said...

I must admit, It's comforting to here bad painting days happen even to the best. I need to keep that in mind. Thanks Karin

Karin Jurick said...

Bad days? Come on! I can't tell you how many paintings I've tossed across my backyard. Here's the trick - or some wisdom from my point of view..... don't continue on with something that isn't working. Either walk away and come back or toss it across your backyard. Don't waste time. The only way to stay at a good, even, fast pace is to plan it out in your head or on the computer - work on it until you're at a good stopping point or finished and move onto the next project. When I allow my stubborn side to get in the way, I waste valuable time.