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The Frustrations of Painting

''Anyone that witness my agitation and frustration in the final hour of painting would wonder why I bother'' David Oleski

At times it can feel like a battle, you can spend hours working and re-working a painting, stepping back from the canvas trying to see where it's falling into place and where it's not.

It's a balancing act. Seeing if one colour works with another, whether I need to do some mark making, or scraping in. With abstract painting there's alot of decision making to be made, it's an emotional roller coaster of self expression... it can be exhausting.

There are happy accidents, when maybe you scrape a colour away revealing another underneath creating texture, history of previous work peeping through....these are the fun exciting things that can happen through this often frustrating experience.

Sometimes I'll put down a brave colour; when a painting isn't going the way I would like, I'd lay down a bold pink or red, and it can totally transform a flagging painting.

But in the end it's a wonderful feeling when it starts to go right, fall into place, then the hard bit is knowing when to walk away.

The Big Pink. Stephanie Stow.  80cm x 120cm  The Big Pink is now part of Addenbrooke's Hospital Art Collection. 2015.

Sometimes I put down a brave colour.





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