Friday, February 26, 2016

Flying Blind

I made reference a few days ago to needing an air traffic controller for the glut of art ideas circling around in my mind.

Ironically, once I get a paint brush in hand, not only do I take off and head right back up into the skies, but also I seem to like the tension of flying blind. As hard as it is to paint without "knowing how" or being in control—and believe me, it's usually way hard—something in me is deeply nourished by the challenge, by letting myself muck about and make mistakes and make discoveries and make beauty and make good on finding that nonverbal place of stillness within me from which to create.

Today, I went full throttle into uncharted skies—continued with yesterday's start by using tissue paper, brayer, nylon screen, wax pastels, oil pastels, ink—until I switched on the audio system and said to my painting, You have arrived at your destination. You can unfasten your seatbelt now and move about the cabin. Thanks for choosing Flying Blind Airlines.


Air Traffic Control Pattern
10.5x8", acrylic, collage, ink, and pastels on canvas paper
abstract
2016
$84













8 comments:

  1. hahahahaha! You are a nut! And I love it. I want a ride in your plane, Dotty!

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    1. Hi Laurie—flights leave daily, to destinations unknown. Book a flight!

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  2. LOL, love this post and your absolutely inspirational art! I loved this piece at about the halfway point, and look, how you have developed it! Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Sheila. Glad you enjoyed the post. I've been thinking a bunch lately about the stimulus of what feels like healthy tension in not knowing what I'm doing—fascinates me. Thanks for your kudos for the further developed piece. It wasn't quite working and wasn't quite working … and then it was. I have a closeup of it as the wallpaper on my phone now and LOVE it.

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  3. oh, funny! Those colors and the puffy clouds! Great airline name..isn't that what we do when we are in making mode?

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    1. I've got frequent flyer miles beyond counting on this particular airline!

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  4. Fun new header image...love that I can see it really close up...all that texture and the scritchy little black shapes filled with color. mmmmmmmmmmmm

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    1. Thanks for commenting on my new header image … every now and then I wake up and remember that I could change it up. Fun to get your comments about "all that texture and the scratchy little black shapes filled with color."

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