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  • Writer's pictureGillian Holding


Two steps forward, one step back. Paint, obscure, paint in to reveal again... That's a good day.

Or, one step forward and two steps back. That's not such a good day. But as long as the steps forward outnumber the steps back (and it appears to be a general rule that, with persistence, they do) it doesn't really matter and you realise just turning up and doing is all that counts.

Day in, day out, making the time to show up even if it's just to stare at the walls and clean palettes and tear up newspaper. All distraction activity eventually leads to picking up the brush, and every brush stroke is an important stage of the journey whether it's engaged in obliterating or revealing.

The image above shows a painting in semi obscurity stage. I rather like the fuzziness. But I know I need to find edges again. Push-pull. Nothing to lose at any point with any action at this stage.

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