Saturday, July 31, 2010
Notes on painting and art
This will always be an action painting to me. Not in the art history sense, but in the sense of something alive, something that evolved into its current state.
I worked on this piece intermittently for an entire day-- this little 8x10 that was supposed to be an easy exercise. I watched it grow and change as the day advanced; at one point, it seemed near completion. The colors were beautiful, all soft-focus and placid-- a very different work.
Then, with one stroke, I destroyed that feeling. I panicked and almost threw the painting in the trash.
But, this tree would not allow me to do so. I had to keep going, to find a new answer. I had to give up my own plans and let the piece dictate each brush stroke.
Despite my flawed technique, this work now speaks to a deep place within me.
Concerning the Spiritual in Art