Lead Balloon

woman-headcase-6 I do sometimes worry that this painting will never come together, but I try not to let myself go there. Sometimes, I think I can actually jinx a painting by indulging in negative thoughts about it. On the other hand, some paintings you never quite develop a feeling for. However, I've been better about avoiding that outcome lately by being careful to spend enough time planning and getting excited about the painting at the beginning, so that I have a thoughtful commitment to going through the whole process and aren't just trying to squeak by on a whim. I just need something to snap into place for me to feel more solid about this. The black capsule shape feels pretty good right now; I think of it as a lead balloon, a tethered blimp. Maybe it can embody my doubt about the painting, right in the middle of it.