I recently completed a painting for my friend, Angela. Angela’s longtime friend, Sabrina, now lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and two little girls! The most recent of those little girls, Johanna, now has a painting of Bob Dylan hanging in her nursery and is therefore already cooler than you or I will ever be.
The process of this painting began with a picture of a vintage Bob Dylan concert poster. Thinking I should be responsible and draw it out before I put a paintbrush to canvas, I created a couple versions of the above sketch. Man, they were HORRIBLE! This made me super nervous about creating a painting, since common sense will tell you that drawing is a LOT easier than painting.
But similar to the old truth that even the fastest fish can’t fly, sometimes I just can not draw. And it totally freaks me out. But as you can see, as soon as I started painting, everything came together…
The process of doing anything creative is always a learning experience. Sometimes you realize how much better you’ve gotten, and sometimes you realize that in some aspects, you still have a long way to go. It’s comforting to remember that even the greatest artists still throw out rubbish work, and start again. Such is art, and such is life. We all have the potential to do some pretty rotten stuff, but it’s the learning and moving on that create the best result, not being stuck in that rut.
Below is the finish result!