“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” –Voltaire
Last week I started a big project. You can see how it’s progressing from the links at the bottom.
When I’m not painting, I’m often helping new knitters. A solid 75% of helping anyone learn something new is encouragment.
Yesterday, I was at the yarn shop and a lady came in totally flustered. She said, “I just know I’ve done something wrong here, but I can’t find it! It just doesn’t feel right.”
And she pulled this beautifully knit, but very short bit of fabric out of her bag. I looked at it and couldn’t figure out the problem. It looked perfect.
But she was certain that she’d made a mistake. So we sat down at the table, and looked more closely. Finally I asked her to show me what didn’t feel right.
And that’s when I saw it. She was holding her knitting backwards. So everytime she tried to knit, the yarn was coming from the wrong direction.
I didn’t say a word, but I just turned the work around in her hands. She sighed with relief and then we laughed.
Sometimes it just takes a different set of eyes looking at what you’re doing, and maybe you decide to turn around. Suddenly everything is right again.
So today, I’m going to show you the whole canvas. Should I turn around?
Here’s the dilemma: The small paintings are safe. I’ve already explained my reasons. But I miss looking for those tiny moments in my day to share with you. Recording and sharing them makes them last longer.
Yes, I like painting the larger work. It’s challenging and fun. But who says I can’t do both? Yes, it means more work for me, but if it’s something I enjoy, then that shouldn’t be a problem, right?
I still need to work out the logistics of all this, but I can’t help wondering what you think. Do tell.
The Big Picture. 30×30 inches. Oil on Canvas.
Square 9 of 49 (it’s the second square on the sixth row)