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A Few Thoughts.

Gerry Jensen

Posted on Tue 08 Aug 2017

Well the week is flying past and as the weekend approaches I look back and am amazed at how time spent in the studio is like a little bit of heaven on earth and it made me ponder on why it gives me so much joy.  I was asked the other day what is it that inspires me to paint and I feel most strongly that it is I have been given a gift that I cannot waste, by gift I don’t mean I am on myself and think that I have something that others do not but realised that I would be remiss if I didn’t use, acknowledge and be thankful for it. Having said that, I am under no illusion that I am special or have a “bigger slice of the pie” in the talent stakes than any other artist but the one thing I do have now is time to work hard and be the best that I can be because anything worthwhile is only achieved by working hard. One of my friend who is also a very talented artist who teaches said to me “It is the constant practise of painting that takes your work to another level”.
Painting is a simple pleasure – it can be done by anyone and although you hear protestations of “I can’t even draw a stick man”, whenever you hand over the paint brush to a person they nearly always end up smiling (well almost –  I did once have someone who  was close to tears because she spent most of the time comparing what she was painting to the person next to her and judged herself as failing).
In this world of instant everything time spent on producing a piece of art regardless of where we are on our painting journey is time well spent – when you pick up a brush and start to paint then everything around you fades, you are in your own little world and though it can be mentally tiring and sometimes it doesn’t work out I have found there’s a part of every painting that has a little gem.
So use your gifts to give your life a bit of magic – it may not be as an artist but that’s ok – find something in your life that really makes you want get up in the morning – as for me opening a box of colour will always do it! – (you thought I might say a box of chocolates didn’t you – that works too!!)
The painting below is one of my quick "play arounds" a small size and done in just a couple of hours.
 Titled ..."Feeding theChooks".
 

A Few Thoughts.

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  • This is lovely, why not put it on the Gallery where more can enjoy it? If it has been posted to the Gallery and I've somehow missed it I apologise.

    Posted by Sandra Kennedy on Fri 11 Aug 06:56:14
  • Hi Sandra .. I'm not sure how t post this to the Gallery .....

    Posted by Gerry Jensen on Fri 11 Aug 13:31:37
  • You have posted it now, I think? If not, we'd all be happy to advise you how to do it.

    Agree with your comments - the big problems I have are one, forcing myself to get started, two, finding a subject to paint - I have rather too many to choose from, that's the trouble.

    (The reason I ask if you have posted the painting in the Gallery, rather than being sure, is nothing to do with your abilities or the quality of your work, and everything to do with my short-term memory, which is catastrophic. But I thought I saw it this morning....)

    I pity your student who was in tears because she couldn't do what the person next to her was able to do: true of all of us at some point, I'd have thought: never does to compare yourself with others - just tell yourself that what you're doing is 'different'; it won't always work, but it's the doing of it that produces results in the end: hoping you can achieve miracles when you've not put the work in is a sure recipe for tears at bedtime.

    Posted by Robert Jones, N.A.P.A. on Fri 18 Aug 07:11:35
  • Having said that, I am under no illusion that I am special or have a “bigger slice of the pie” in the talent stakes than any other artist but the one thing I do have now is time to work hard and be the best that I can be because anything worthwhile is only achieved by working hard. I would like to invite everyone to the digital gallery and art exhibition to be held in Buenos Aires in November, where the names of abstruse artists such as Paul Gauguin, Gabino amaya cacho,One of my friend who is also a very talented artist who teaches said to me “It is the constant practise of painting that takes your work to anothe

    Posted by Umber Smidh on Wed 06 Sep 04:05:48
  • I am not sure what the comment by Umber Smidh is about .. part of it is from my blog "A Few Thoughts" and then there is the invite to a digital gallery.. Not sure why this was placed in the comments but ... maybe a mistaken post??
    Gerry Jensen

    Posted by Gerry Jensen on Wed 06 Sep 07:40:24