In the interim, in the thick of my own current wild disequilibrium, what to do?
When the word slapstick bubbled up yesterday, I paid attention.
I looked it up. The definition was pretty much what I expected, and it satisfied my curiosity about the literal origin of the word.
The best part, though, was the language used to define:
farcical situations and jokes
Sounds like as good a way as any to frame a new painting inquiry!
So here's what I'm thinking—controls: slap it on, let it stick; variables: everything else.
I'll work in quick short bursts, letting boisterousness, farce, and horseplay find their way into expression without regard for outcome. Then I'll stop. No fussing, no revision, no extended time.
I'll let whatever emerges, whether little jokes or large disasters, stick, and I'll post as is.
Today, putting the above into practice, I moved along guided by impulse and intuition.
I experienced bunches of discord as well as periodic moments of flow.
I didn't 'finish' this piece—I stopped.
Here it is, as is.
|Probably Out of Earshot|
4x5"; acrylic, ink, pencil, and oil pastel on heavy manila stock