“Just When You Think” available for purchase at http://www.dailypaintworks.com/artists/..


“Just When You Think” available for purchase at http://www.dailypaintworks.com/artists/marla-baggetta-3840/artwork


Whatever it is that we are endeavoring to do, we can never really finish, we can never ultimately attain finality, perfection, and closure. So for me this sense of overwhelm can easily take over and stop me from acting at all. I’m stymied by my own mortality and humanity and the certain knowledge of it. All those photos and scenes yet to paint…Some will not get painted or even attempted.


I’m scared of not being good enough, so sometimes my choice is to do nothing. No, I will never paint the perfect painting, so it’s best to get over my self and paint the ugly ones, the mediocre ones and maybe, however infrequently, the transcendent ones, lest I spend time meditating on my self and my shortfalls. We are short of perfection, but we can step up from our lack of faith and we can move, we can paint.


Today was the first day I really painted after my fall last week. It was the most recent roadblock in a year of traffic jams. I received an email today from a lovely person who said that she hoped that if there were anything positive to come to me from this, it would appear quickly and not keep me waiting! It has and it has all year. I have a charmed life…I’m an artist and I get to paint. I have health and people who watch out for me. Nothing is bad here. It takes time to recognize things for what they are. Sometimes I’m not as quick as I should be to see straight.


“Only Two Things” available for purchase at http://www.dailypaintworks.com/artists/marla-baggetta-3840/artwork
Today my shoulder and really my whole body got fatigued pretty quickly, but I’m not in any pain. Probably a sign that my body is healing and I need to pay attention to this. No six-hour days at the easel for a while and I think I’ll stick to small pastels for a bit. A large oil painting, probably isn’t the thing to do!


On a completely different note, I have to say that these two pieces were done on Pastelmatte. It just might be my new favorite paper. I love, love, love they way the marks hold onto the paper or maybe it’s the paper holding onto the marks. There is something soft and yet very tactile about the way the marks go down. You can’t do too much finger blending on this paper which is a good thing. You can’t be tempted there. You have to let the marks be. Incredible!

To watch the video of “Just When You Think” go to https://youtu.be/g7dZfKwAiE4

7 Responses

  1. It's funny. I'm trying to be as good as your "imperfection". We are all too hard on ourselves. You are doing what you were meant to do. Thank you for reminding us all, we are imperfect and to appreciate how lucky we really are. That's the best lesson.

  2. Marla-
    Glad to hear you are on the mend!!! ALWAYS love to see your work…I feel I have a special connection with it from my time with you at the workshop in Wichita, KS in 2014.
    Enjoyed watching the video of "Just When You Think"! STILL wishing I could paint with the confidence the you exhibit. EVERY mark you make is "calculated" 🙂 and it shows.
    All the BEST,

  3. Thanks so much for "Just When You Think" ,I loved it. You are such a generous wonderful artist and person. Very inspiring ! Every day I feel very lucky to be an artist how art and other artists enrich my life.
    It's artists like you that promote and give back that is the very reason I'm excited to paint every day!
    Best of everything to you! Sandi

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