As an artist, one of the most wonderful feelings is to feel the growth in your work. Every now and then, there is a painting I make where I feel like I break a certain wall and move to the next level. People often ask me about my favorite pieces or paintings that I'm particularly attached to. And those pieces which allow me to feel the growth are usually the closest to my heart. Whether its technique, composition, color placement, new palettes, or just complete comprehensiveness of the piece, there is something about it that that allows me to feel like I have a little more to offer now. That feeling is indescribable, and is one of the few times where I don't allow the outside world to effect me. Its a time when I decide that I have grown and it has nothing to do with how other people feel about the piece. Its pretty awesome :)
Yesterday, was an amazing day like that. I was working on an art pitch for a hotel, and I was experimenting with a new palette. I approached the piece slower than usual and I'm guessing its because the concept and the palette were both new to me, as was the orientation of the canvas. It was narrow and long so figuring out the composition took me longer than usual. The idea was about finding a balance: a fine line between order and chaos. I finished the piece yesterday and I don't think I've loved another painting more. The reason was that I feel like its a milestone in my life where I could measure the growth from the beginning until this piece. It kind of marked the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one. The way I treat my canvas, the way I select my colors, and the way I draw out my composition will be different from now on. Its such an amazing feeling and I'm very grateful to feel this way.
Here is the piece. I've named her 'Measuring Milestones' She is 24x48 in, and was done with acrylic and spray paint on canvas.