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Artist Corinne Galla writes about the world of the working artist.

Past Perfect

Corinne Galla

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. 

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” ― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are