Before and after

A few weeks ago I had a mentoring session with one of my favorite artists, Abbey Ryan.  The first painting I completed after our session was this one of a single red pear. 

I am not sure I love it.  So today I went in and revised it.

Not sure how I feel about it now that I painted the background ivory black.  I feel like it needs further revision.  All of this leads me to question myself.  Just because I don’t want to look at a painting does that mean the painting is no good?

A week or so ago I was faced with this same question when I repainted dice.  I could over analyze things and comment on how there is a lot of art out there that doesn’t interest me but others worship. The first painting I did of the dice, I could see countless things about it that I simply disliked. I could also see things in it that I liked and appreciated.   Ultimately, I threw it away with some old paint tubes and a tattered paint box.  I was given a ‘hard time’ by my loved ones about this disposal.  I am reminded of the quote: ‘The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.’ —Novalis I feel justified in starting over, throwing out work I don’t approve, and repainting a piece. Right? 

My best,

Emily Warren


Published by Art Belongs to Everyone

The work is inspired by an engagement with play and making peace with uncertainty. I work experimentally, using a digital video to explore painting. I use sound and moving images in non-traditional ways to reverse expectations of horror and comedy. I am drawn to the whimsical nature of self-discovery. I construct repeating narratives, often depicting varying scenarios of serenity, silliness, and reflection.

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