Never paint if you wish to live tranquilly.
--Corot, to a friend.
Pastel and charcoal on paper
I started this landscape more than six months ago in a burst of energy. When I was about halfway done, I took a step back from it. This is often the point in the process I struggle with most. I start to think too much about possibilities: what could I do to make it work? What will I do to ruin it?
I left the picture on the easel, untouched for months. I could see it every time I entered the room or passed the doorway. Every time I saw it, I thought, I need to finish this! But eventually I became used to the fact that the picture was always there, and I could enter the room without noticing it, without feeling that clench of guilt for abandoning it.