Saturday, February 7, 2009

a joy ride in a paint-box

County Road
oil on board 7"x7"

When I was a kid, my mom had a group of friends that would come over and paint with oils, and smoke cigars. Thankfully, she let us dabble in her paints to our hearts content, but kept us out of the cigars. I often wish I'd never quit painting, but I did until well into adulthood. Perhaps I wouldn't be so afraid of that empty "cowering" canvas if I had continued to paint.
I love Winston Churchill's little book, Painting as a Pastime. It begins with this quote.
The first quality that is needed is Audacity. There really is not time for the deliberate approach. Two years of drawing-lessons, three years of copying woodcuts, five years of plaster casts- these are for the young... We must not be too ambitious. We cannot aspire to masterpieces. We may content ourselves with a joy ride in a paint-box. And for this Audacity is the only ticket.

I need more audacity, but I'm working on it.


  1. My feelings exactly. Love the Churchill quote, and this painting is very dear.

    I endorse the cigar as an aid to painting, BTW.

  2. Oh, one more thing. Did they really smoke cigars?

  3. Thank you.

    ...and my husband says a pipe full of tobacco is just the thing when writing a new song.

  4. What a fantastic quote! Thanks for posting that. I think we could all use a little more audacity with our painting!

  5. I just stopped by via Karen's blog. As I scrolled through the pastels this painting caught my eye. This is a motivating little read and a wonderful bold painting. Love the thick application.