Scrape it all off, start over.
Art so often mimics life. It’s a representation of all we see, feel, experience. We have all of these visions and begin the process of moving towards this idea, making it materialize in our lives. Sometimes the results are not anything like our vision – at times what we achieve is much better than anything we imagined.
Or sometimes we just end up with a mess. Yesterday I ended up with a mess – nothing like I imagined but rather more like everything you fear…an ugly, ugly failure. Not a Picasso, not what you imagined did I sign up for this?
So you scrape it off. Encaustic painting is painting with wax – colored waxes or working with wax mediums and collage, oil paint, pigment sticks. So I looked at the sum of my failures…took a deep breath. Scraped it all off, threw the detritus away.
I realized again how much art mimics life and how both give you yet another chance to start all over again – leaner, lighter, smarter. You keep your vision, you take a deep breath and you begin all over again.
What have you taken a hard look at, scraped, edited, peeled away — in moving to a more genuine, honest and authentic life? What isn’t serving you.