art by Arlene Kim Suda

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week 26: to be an artist

Posted on July 1, 2012 by aks

To be an artist you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist.

– Jasper Johns


I’m taking a break from drawing this week (and next) – and this quote by Jasper Johns captures why I feel I need it. I have been operating with a blind faith that I will find what I’m looking for in my artwork as I progress through this drawing project,  yet week after week I end up concentrating really hard to make something look ‘good’ and am often left feeling unsatisfied with the results.

So this week I’m taking a break and instead sharing pictures of a table that I just finished.  It still needs some sanding and finishing, but it feels like a small miracle that this piece exists. A big thanks to my great teachers over at The Crucible in Oakland and to the benefactor that gave me the gift certificate many years ago…what a great experience it has been!

table, ash (legs & apron) & white oak (top), approximately 18″ high, 18″ wide

 

table, ash (legs & apron) & white oak (top), approximately 18″ high, 18″ wide

 

Give Up Everything, pen on paper, 10 x 10 inches

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