When I started this 36×36 commission, it looked like this:
As I worked on it and layers and layers began to build up, I liked it.
But I didn’t love it.
I kept hearing Flora Bowley’s advice whispering to me: Sometimes you have to let go of what you like, to create something that you love.
So, I painted over the entire thing, then drove to school to pick up my kids. On the way, I was having some serious regret. I can’t believe I did that. What was I thinking?
But then, this emerged.
And, it is my favorite painting yet. Flora was right. By letting go of mediocrity, I made room for something that takes my breath away.
It was a breakthrough moment as my style developed into something new. I feel like this has been waiting to come out of me for a long time. Waiting for me to get here.
I love how art imitates life. Have you ever taken a risk and let go of something that was just alright to make room for something even more wonderful?