That Art Thing

plein air painting:  Crooked River canyon, Summer 2021, gouache on handmade paper (detail)

16 December 2021


You know that feeling you get when you're inside the paint, and something happens, and it's working?  That thrill in your bones that says "yeah!"?  That's what we're reaching for in some way or another, all the time in the studio or in the field.  Whether you're an abstract painter or a realist or something else, and no matter what your medium, there are these moments.  There are other moments, lots of just showing-up-and-pushing-paint-around moments, and those are good work too.  

(Detail of gouache painting from this summer's work in the Lower Crooked River canyon in eastern Oregon.)

Julia O'Reilly

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