“I’m always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn to do it.”

—Pablo Picasso

I set out to do something that I never did before—paint a portrait. It was very challenging, but the bigger the challenge, the greater the reward.

In the mind of a creator, there are many instances where a work of art is never really finished. There’s usually something else that can be tweaked or improved upon. For me, I know a piece is finished when I am at the point where if I work on it anymore, I will ruin it. I reached that point today and finally put down the brush.

I am not sure how I managed this…patience and determination, I guess. I’d also like to think my grandfather gave me a little a little push, a nudge, a knuckle down my back.

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Papa with Newspaper in Halifax

Acrylic on Canvas, 2017 | 20” x 20” | © Amy Joyce

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