8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas panel Copyright 2010, John A. Brecht, all rights reserved
Just when you think you can't paint anymore, you are reminded that all is not lost. Early this Spring I was trying to work through some challenges that presented themselves in my work. These challenges were troublesome and disheartening. It was a rainy afternoon. I was sitting under the open rear door of my station wagon to keep dry. This scene is on a curve of a road I walk the dog on. It is very nondescript but I find it interesting. I would often stop and take a moment to look, not knowing what it was that attracted me. On this day I thought I would respond to what held my interest. I came away with a fun and successful study. Personal creative dynamics are interesting to ponder. What drives growth? Perhaps it is successfully suspending one's expectations, allowing for truly honest mark making. Or maybe the spirits that be guide one's heart and hand. I prefer the latter explanation.