NON-FICTION, 179 words.
Copyright 2012 Ara Hagopian.
Painting is still-life combat: I’m fighting every limitation of my technique on the canvas battlefield. I am covering, discovering, and raising the quality of the work by building upon those strokes that come by accident but look good.
When painting, I constantly think: what does this work bring to the collection? How can this canvas be improved?
When judgment outmatches weakness in ability, advancements can be made. I’ll try a stroke, a color, a blend; if it’s just OK, I’ll try again in another combination. If I notice a stroke looks beyond the quality of what I’ve delivered so far in the painting, then that stroke is the new standard for the picture.
The Shelleron went through a long ability vs. judgment war. Good, consistent judgment is the best tool in the secret-weapon toolbox. Good judgment says, “This part is fine. Here’s where you need work.” And is right.