Studio Mysteries

April 27, 2009

Youthful Follies, Anyone?

Filed under: Being a Professional Artist — Anya Galkina - Studio Mysteries @ 1:07 am

Yesterday, I was washing my brushes at LAAFA, and vocalizing my profound distaste for the task. The artist next to me was all, “Preach it, sister! PREACH IT!!!” It was a stunning realization that I was not alone in hating to wash brushes after work, or, as it turns out, in throwing out myriads of brushes that died through cleaning neglect.

Which got me wondering what other experiences are common to artists, and in particular, whether other people look at their work from when they were much younger, only to recoil in horror? Does anyone else look at their early paintings and ask of the universe, “What the hell was I thinking?”

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1 Comment »

  1. Hi Anya

    I came across your site recently after searching for ecorche references and have had fun reading through it. You write wonderfully, full of humor and good info.

    In response to this particular question – yes indeed. A large, vain part of me wants to destroy all evidence… I wonder if I will feel the same way in the future about the work I produce now.

    Comment by Matt Lowden — December 4, 2011 @ 2:46 pm


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