In English grammar, "the Past Perfect verb tense expresses the idea that something occurred before another action in the past. It can also show that something happened before a specific time in the past." No, it's not a grammar lesson today - I just wanted to be able to work in the phrase "past perfect" into my post. When I returned to painting 10 years ago, I strove for realism (read: PERFECT). I was hanging out with a bunch of artists who were, for the most part, critical perfectionists, and it colored my world (no pun intended). I knew I had more than a few "cracks" in my technique, and I struggled with comparison. I was brought up short by the mentor in our group when, hoping to improve, I asked him for private lessons. He said, "I can't teach you anything; I don't paint like that." Oh. Fast-forward: today I love my jumbled color blocking, the quirky expressions in the faces of my animal paintings, clumpy black hairdos on my female figures. I like letting all those kinds of things out for the world to see.
Artist Corinne Galla writes about the world of the working artist.