Original painting with mixed media by Melanie Weidner
Created in 2001 — 15 x 22 inches
Art Text: Is it just me, or do you also notice that some of our most beautiful art arrives just off the edge of what we think is more important?
The Just Off the Edge image caught me by total surprise. I was creating the Underneath painting, discouraged in the process by my self-imposed, heavy expectations to make LOTS OF SPECTACULAR ART RIGHT NOW while on retreat. I took myself on a walk to relieve the angst and pressure. When I returned, the scrap of paper I’d used as a drop cloth for Underneath suddenly seemed to be even more ‘accidentally’ beautiful than my intentional efforts. The line of text came quickly to mind then, and I worked it all into a new painting. And I felt a lot better.
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