I keep getting reminded how hard it is to continue to try new things even when the results are not there. I tell my students that it is not about the painting but rather the process of evolving in all aspects of your artistic life. One needs to continue honing ones skills with color, design, and application of paint so that when the magic moment happens and you find the subject you feel deep down inside you need to paint you have the necessary skills to paint it.
I have this idea about getting better as a painter and it is to really understand the pieces that you are trying to paint. One way to do that is to work in various formats small medium big and huge until you really get the feeling for the subject. Sometimes it is also helpful to change the shape of the work from vertical to horizontal, rectagular to horizontal or to change the emphasis of the piece like one version is color and line, then value and line, than color and texture or warm and cool colors reverse and the possibilities are endless. Think about it.
I am mounting a show today at the Studio Gallery in DC it will have the core paintings from my "Creation Series" but due to the limited space at the gallery I had to choose 12 paintings out of 44 framed pieces to reflect the essense of the body of work. Then for reasons that made no sense to me at all I had to change the title to something that didn't mention creation it was too biblical. As if I really cared but I folded anyway. It is not "Abstractions of Earths Forces" not a bad title bu a little wordy.