Battiquitos Lagoon Eucalyptus
Mission San Luis Rey
Balboa Museum of ManAs often happens when doing plein-air painting, I asked myself why I bother. When I'm working on a commissioned painting or illustration I know why I am painting. I am completing an assignment, working for a living, solving a problem. But, when I am painting for myself, especially outdoors, if a painting gets difficult, or I loose my focus or things go badly I become discouraged, frustrated and bored and ask myself "Why do I paint?"
This happens frequently enough that I have to try to answer the question. My current answer would be to capture beauty, tell my story, develop my technique, see and design more clearly. And when it works, I love it.
Self Realization Garden