Tamara Marrington
Flower Grid, 2020   
Oil on Canvas
30 x 25cm

This painting was meant to be a grid of four flowers but a picture doesn’t always do what you want it to, and holding onto your intention tightly can end up feeling heavy and strained. Finally one night I painted all the flowers out, leaving just this one. It was like breathing a huge sigh of relief! and it made me think about this thing Vanessa Baird said about painting which I love: “Emptying the picture of content is often a very good idea. Not to be so strained. And often it’s much more successful, I see that afterwards. Emptying it out. But I can’t do it, I worry that it won’t be enough. So I kind of screw my head into my arsehole. But when the pictures are good anyway, even though they’ve been emptied out, it’s because they have it in them.”

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