Trust Your Judgement

"Maine Family"
Yasho Kumiyoshi

I'm on Blaine Smith's email list. I've been receiving his nuggets of wisdom for years, and enjoy what he writes. In his article Trust Your Judgement, he quoted the artist Yasho Kumiyoshi, who said:

"I have often obtained in painting directly from the object that which appears to be the real results at the very first shot, but when that does happen, I purposely destroy what I have accomplished and redo it over and over again. In other words, that which comes easily I distrust. When I have condensed and simplified sufficiently, I know then that I have something more than reality."

Maybe this explains
why I repaint creations
so many times?


Mosaic Magpie said...

That which comes easily, I don't care to do. If anyone can do it, why bother.

Dixie Redmond said...

Hi, Debbie - yes, a good point. We all are meant to go deeper and deeper into who we are. That's sometimes a tough thing to figure out, though. Time to read The Magic Lamp again, I guess ;-)

Robin's Egg Bleu said...

Wonderful words of wisdom! I feel the same way.

Dixie Redmond said...

The creative process is an interesting one. Last night I was trying to fit something on a doll, and it wasn't working. I tried hard to make it work, and then decided to go to bed. I got up this morning, pulled that garment off and started over.

Sometimes my paintings or dolls will look okay to me in the first go 'round. But I still paint over them. Often the 5th time will look like the 1st time, but it feels right then.

Debra said...

Please forgive this off-topic comment-my computer email client isn't set up right, so I can't email you-I just wanted to tell you I've clicked on a few things in your blog, and have been so blessed by them. I watched the movie about autism, and I was glad to be informed. It goes beyond that-the movie was very touching. I knew nothing about it, so I needed the education. I also appreciated the baloney story and the de-clutter tips. I've been working on that in my home, so it really helped.
Thank you, and God bless. ~Debra

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden