Friday, April 1, 2016

Open and Curious

When I took up painting just shy of two years ago, I entered the adventure with a commitment to be as open and curious as possible, to participate fully, to listen to my intuition as best I could, and to welcome surprises.

The surprises keep coming, that's for sure. Nothing about this current painting I'm working on—with its ongoing messy uncharted bushwhacking—matches any image I might have had two years ago about painting.

But here I am.

And filled with gratitude.

When I retired Donuts a few days ago, I elected to think of it as a blank canvas. But, of course, it wasn't literally blank—it had a painting on it. I was hoping to use that painting as a start, to build on it in some (admittedly mysterious-to-me) way. I didn't want to gesso over it; I wanted to do some layering that would allow for elements of Donuts to be in evidence when all was said and done.

So I started messing around.

Today I kept messing around.

veiling with light layers of paint
giving up on light layering!
using big brush and texture tool,
painting on whole surface
rotated canvas,
quinacridone red wash
rotated canvas,
collage paper from pattern lesson project 1
rotated canvas,
more collage from pattern lesson,
original painting still partially visible under the surface 

despite my having long since given up on that idea!

6 comments:

  1. Oh, you look like you are having fun! LOVE love love the orangey stage...it just glows. It's really fun to watch your pieces change ...

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    1. Corinna, thanks for stopping by, and thanks for your enthusiasm and support for process. I loved the orangey stage, too … but on I went!

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  2. I feel privileged, to know what those mysterious layers underneath once were. Love the warmth that is blossoming :)

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    1. Sheila, as ever, thanks for your unflagging interest and encouragement. Your comments cheer me along, bring me perspective, shine light, and offer warm friendship. Love that you are enjoying the privilege of knowing what lies beneath the surface in this painting and enjoying its blossoming warmth.

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  3. I absolutely love your messing around!

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    1. Simone, thank you! I've been reflecting a bit on my overall adventure in painting, and messing around is clearly a significant gift, an energy within that painting has invited me to tap.

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