Friday, July 22, 2016

Cooperating

I paused to read a few pages from Shaun McNiff's Trust the Process after I painted today, nodding my head more than once as his assertions resonated with me:

The skilled artist is the one who is always responding to and compensating for the changing winds of the creative process. Nothing is ever the same. Conditions are infinitely variable. Each engagement presents a new challenge, and that is the defining quality of the creative process … Creativity is a force moving through us, and only through practice do we learn how to cooperate with it.

Yup.

Changing Winds
3x3", acrylic and oil pastel on canvas paper, mounted on collage paper
abstract
2016
[gifted]
___

I cooperated with this expressively painted and brayed 6-inch square


by cutting it into quadrants and scribbling on each one; cooperated with this particular quadrant


by using paints, matte knife, bubble wrap, and oil pastels, eventually arriving here

.

4 comments:

  1. Love this, Dotty. The painting and the words!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Laurie, great to hear from you. Thanks for your comments. I took such pleasure in painting this one. It's a card for a friend—I'm savoring it until I put it in the mail!

      Delete
  2. So luscious! What a divine gift to give :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Sheila. I was so excited about the way this came together. I had ideas going in, but of course bumped into surprises—the ideas and the surprises mingled to make a delightful painting experience.

      Delete