Sunday, June 5, 2016

Windows Closed

I worked on a piece a few days ago on a delightful spring day, with windows open and an upbeat feeling of possibility.

But, in the end, the piece just didn't float my boat and I felt irritated every time I looked at it after the fact, both because something in it was "off" and because I couldn't figure out what to do.

I felt limited. I couldn't cut it into smaller pieces because I'd painted on gessbord. I couldn't fathom painting over it because it had a high degree of dimensionality in the collaging and the fabric-ink line.

I couldn't imagine what I could do with it other than toss it.

Then, today, I could imagine.

I grabbed a years-old, crusty, almost unusable tube of Mars Black and painted over the whole dang thing, dimensionality be damned!

I closed the metaphorical windows that were open when I created Tire Swing, Spring Day.

… I think a door just blew wide open!

NO idea where I'll go next with this piece but I'm very curious, very interested.


  1. I think that was a miraculous idea!

    You know what I love about black? Putting white on it! I always like to have very dark pieces in my painting, so light colours jump in your eyes after that!

    I am curious where this one will lead you!


    1. Thanks for your support, enthusiasm, encouragement, and curiosity, Simone. I am so grateful for the great adventure of painting—it opens my eyes to life in such affirming ways, bringing me more fully into wonder and miracle. yay!

  2. Don't think I have ever painted on black. You are an intrepid explorer! Magellan, and Buzz (Aldrin) would honor you with a brewski :) Go forward brave Dotty. And report back with your findings :)

    1. Sheila, I'm laughing at the lofty comparisons of my bravery to that of Magellan and Aldrin, but equally welcoming your affirmation of my going forward into the unknown! I will report back with findings.

  3. I feel caught in a bad storm when I see your black painting. Can't wait to see what's on the other side!

    1. It's a sudden fierce squall, for sure, but it looks intense enough to make a whole new weather front likely once it passes.

      I do laugh every time I see that first photo depicting when I got out the tarry near-death paint and attacked that innocent tire swing!

      Thanks for joining me in curiosity : )