Painting in a bubble
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Who are we writing for?

by Matt Boren

My dear friend Russell Young is an artist. He has been working on his new painting series for nearly three years. Very few people have seen the new works.

Russell has painted in a bubble. His bubble being a dreamy indoor/outdoor space nestled between avocado trees and lavender bushes somewhere near the ocean.

I asked Russell how he’s maintained momentum with this new series. How he knows to keep on painting these paintings if no one has yet applauded them even in development. How does he hold faith they will sell if he has no idea the people will want them?

I didn’t know in that moment I was asking for advice. I was asking Russell the questions I ask of myself regarding my writing. How can I enter my fantasy – going off the grid for extended periods of time to delve into my art, create from only my opinion and trust those months, perhaps years were well spent?

Here is what Russell had to say:

“I paint layer upon layer of translucent vs transparent paint.

Each layer taking sometimes weeks to dry.

Oil paint.

I’ve been painting five paintings for a few years.

The five paintings will hang next to each other to become one painting in five segments.

Each of the five paintings relate to the other four paintings.

I’m painting for me.

It’s not about selling.

I believe you have to do what you want.

Not what anyone else wants.”

I’m painting for me.

It’s not about selling.

I believe you have to do what you want.

Not what anyone else wants.

There it is. I get it. You get it?

Matt Boren

About Matt Boren

Matt Boren grew up on the East Coast. He is a writer/actor currently living in Los Angeles. He danced to "My Prerogative" at his bar mitzvah where his theme was Hollywood.

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