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Friday, August 31, 2012

Why am I quoting Joyce Kilmer?


There is something about this show that is a milestone for me; I've finally realized that painting is not perfectible, and in fact I LIKE it that way. I felt no compulsion to "hide my mistakes" or even finish this work. It's very raw work, and because of that, it is in some way very powerful. I'm actually thrilled with how it's come out.

And of course you're invited. If you can't read the above, it says:


Please join us Saturday evening
for the opening of

ImPERFECTION

Figure and landscape paintings of Carol L. Douglas

Gallery Salon and Spa
780 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 271-8340

September and October, 2012

Opening reception:
Saturday, September 1, 2012
6 to 10 PM

4 comments:

Gwendolyn said...

Long ago, a classmate asked me, "Have you memorized your speech for Thursday?" to which I replied, "No." He then asked, "Aren't you interested in perfection?" Now the class was Russian Conversation... So I said, "No, I'm interested in coversation, which is never perfect. I work out what I want to say, learn the pertinent vocabulary, practice the declensions and conjugations, but I leave the actual talking to be done when I talk." I'm sure that today I'm much more fluent in Russian than he is, because conversation does not allow for perfectionism.

You go, girl!

Carol Douglas said...

I just read a story about a craftsman who left an error in every project, because he didn't want to presume on God's territory (perfection). Now, that's got to be apocryphal, because no artist or artisan has ever produced something he or she feels is perfect. We ALWAYS find flaws, even though others won't see them. But it remains a tremendously liberating idea. My paintings don't have to be perfect to be brilliant, egh?

Patti Mollica said...

bravo carol!! i wish i could be there, warts and all:-)

Carol Douglas said...

I didn't know you had warts, Patti. ;) Dumb joke. I'm tired.