There's nothing like putting up a recent painting for the blog world to see then want to hide in a corner. This is not a critique on my last painting, though I'm tickled with the effort, I realize it's a series in progress and the 'thing' I'm looking for won't show up for maybe another year of rigorous pursuit. The reason I bring it up is that I came across a Robert Genn newletter, gave it a quick scan and these words popped out and like the V-8 commercial, smacked me on the forehead:
"Never explain to others what you intend to do.
Never submit half-baked concepts to anyone.
If you make written notes beforehand, don't leak them.
Start work first and self-workshop further development.
Sanctify your working space by limiting interlopers.
Cover up serious projects until they are well along.
Learn to be your own best counsel and private advocate.
Do not be concerned when you talk to yourself."
This idea isn't conducive to chatty blogging about one's artistic endeavors but it does have a good point. One that I've usually adhered to over the years but tend to wander away from on this forum. My original intent for this blog was to focus on how I got from there to here... in 30-40 easy/queasy years. But blogs (at least from my POV) are like journals and talking to one's self (last line of above quote) about what we are currently trying to achieve comes naturally. Even if I was certain no one was reading this, my advice to self would be, like Ross Penhall's tattoo sez: "Shut up and paint." along with the sage: "Never complain, never explain."