Easy come, easy go, but steady diligence pays off. Proverbs 13
The painting above took months to complete. The frame was gifted to me by an antiques dealer a few years back and it got stored in the basement for at least a year 'cause I didn't know what exactly to do with it. One day I hauled it out and began the long messy process of stripping off the old layers of paint which was tedious because of all the little nooks and crannies in this particular hundred year old Eastlake mirror frame.
Then I had the challenge of a long vertical shaped panel to work with. Some where in this time I stumbled onto an image of a nun painting herself in my 500 Self-Portraits book by Phaidon Press. This image haunted me towards doing a similar painting which is what I have reproduced above. The painting even includes an earlier family portrait begun in 2005 while our family was living in Brooklyn NY, as well as the ever present clock ticking away on the shelf to remind me of the fleeting nature of my life.
A number of times the thought came to me as I worked on this painting that I may very well be wasting my time. Why continue on this because it is just not working. These thoughts feel creepy and wicked and I have learned to speak directly to them something like this, "Well thank you for your opinion but why don't you go have a seat over there while I keep working on this any way." You just never know the out come of these things but if we don't finish it is bound to fail.