The abstract piece that I am going to share with you today is one that I struggled with. When I first started it, I had one idea in mind for it.

Then as it started to take shape, I envisioned it going a different direction. This different direction looked a certain way in my head and I kept sketching it out on sheets of paper before working on the canvas.

These sketches never looked right! It drove me crazy. I spent weeks not working on the canvas because I just knew it wasn’t going to come out the way I wanted it to.

Then I learned the lesson that, as an artist, a writer, and a human being, I have to keep repeatedly learning. Nothing is ever perfect and sometimes you just have to let your art become what it wants to become.

I started this painting at the end of last year and finished it the week of July 7th. I didn’t make it out to the studio much over the winter because it was so freakin’ cold!

Here it is, in all it’s glory and I’m actually pleased with what it became. Even if it doesn’t look like what had been in my head.

It is on two canvases, a 16 x 20 and an 8 x 10. I think of this as my “zen abstract” because I was intrigued by zentangle pieces when I started it and based the drawing off of that concept.

This is while it was in progress. I was still painting and drawing in lines.

The completed piece, still drying.