Nothing to It

I think painting is probably easy for some gifted artists. Through the art clubs I belong to, I know quite a few of those, and true enough, they seem to approach their drawing and painting with a “nothing to it” attitude. Sometimes I wish I were one of them.

At other times, I’m actually grateful that, for me, art requires a bit of work. Sometimes, in fact, it requires a lot of work. Sometimes it’s even a struggle, and sometimes that struggle gets the best of me, leaving me feeling as though I’ve been defeated in a furious battle.

In recent days, that’s been the case more often than not. I painted that awful cow. I did a watercolor portrait in my “Faces of Summer” series — all of which you’ll be seeing later — and it was awful. My charcoal portraits? Awful. My cloud studies? Awful.

Yep, I was having an awful time with art.

But in the midst of my struggles, I came to a simple painting by Aubrey Phillips, part of my 100-day creative adventure project. It’s a lovely little scene at a lovely little beach, and he describes it this way:

This was a simple subject with, at first glance, very little content.

True, indeed. There’s really “nothing to it”. It’s nothing more than a bit of a watercolor wash with three figures standing on the shore looking out over what must be the sea.

“This I can do,” I thought. I needed something simple — and I simplified my painting even more. I have only two figures standing on the shore.

On the Beach (3)

Not a work of art. Not much of anything. That’s precisely the point. Sometimes we need to take it easy, to kick back, go to the beach, and just enjoy a summer day. That’s how it is in life, and it’s the same in art. Sometimes it’s good to keep it simple, smile, and say, “Nothing to it!”

About Judith

As an artist, author, and musician, I celebrate creativity and personal expression through all that I do. I invite you to join me as I explore many different aspects of life, love, beauty, and nature.

3 comments

  1. The faces were unique .I liked them

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