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On staring

2010 . 05 . 31 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Most of the time that I am painting, I’m not actually painting. I’m staring. But sitting there and looking at my work is a lot more productive than it might seem at first glance.

It reminds me of the universe: it may be mostly empty space, but that space is active. The void is always expanding and it’s likely full of dark matter. In much the same way, I may seem to be just quietly watching my paintings, but that part is every bit as important—and active—as the time I spend putting brush to canvas.

Sean Scott's portrait of artist Gwenn Seemel

Sean Scott’s Portrait of Gwenn Seemel 2010

For one thing, there are lots of different kinds of staring. There’s casually glancing as I walk through my studio, spacing out while the painting is in my field of vision, and reading while sometimes looking up at a painting thoughtfully. There’s also a careful kind of looking that’s more prolonged and purposeful.

All of which is to say that I wouldn’t get much work done if my studio wasn’t also my home.

- Painting takes time.
- On starting and finishing
- Recently, I was scoffed at.

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