I wanted clarity about my intent and direction, but what I got was affirmation that I’m already on the right path. It turns out that I know more than I thought I knew.
In the class we discussed the structure of successful paintigngs and learned how to systematically analyze them for flaws. I somehow do that intuitively. I don’t know where I picked it up, but I can feel if a painting works or not.
Nancy said that intent doesn’t have to be a deep concept. It can be as simple as “I want to play.” As a painting develops, it may vary from the original intent, and it’s important to stay open to other possibilities. The painting takes on a life of its own.
Since finishing the class I’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio, playing around with various ideas. I’m still intrigued with the “cell” paintings, and I have a new one to show you.
The painting below is dark and mysterious with pops of color at the top of what looks a lot like a Protea flower. I crowdsourced the title on Facebook, and two themes came up — emerging and flowers. I combined the two for the title of “Emerging Flora.”
Thank you to those of you who made title suggestions for this piece! It’s always fun to find out what you see in my paintings.
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“Emerging Flora,” 24 x 30 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas. Detail images follow.
What new things have you been exploring lately? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,