I did some more work on the Nahal Kziv picture last night. I am really excited about how this picture is coming along – which makes it more frustrating that I am having trouble (as ever) finding time to work on it.
Sometimes there are pictures that when I am working on them, I keep saying “I hate this picture”, “it’s not right” and worse curses. The creative process just doesn’t flow and the birth is hard. Generally they come out OK or even better in the end and often after a cool-off period I can even get to like them.
And then there are pictures that just seem to flow out of the brush. I don’t know exactly what it is that makes the difference. Is it me? Is it the subject? Is it the timing, the combination of mood and subject? If I could work out the formula then not only would I enjoy myself more (that’s a goal), but we would benefit from better paintings. More importantly the paintings would be more me.
What is that elusive element that makes all the difference? Hayim at Nofim says that he can see it in the paintings – I certainly can as well. You can see it in labored overworked finishes, that even when they are finished after multiple reworks still just don’t look right. They don’t sing.
This one sings.