I’ve been doing some more work with poured paintings, and I’ve made an interesting discovery. The back side of the painting often looks better than the front. Here’s why.
Even though I’m pouring paint over raw unprimed canvas and have very little control over the outcome, I do have some control, and it shows. There’s a big difference between the front of the canvas and the back. Here’s an example.
Front of canvas:
Back of canvas:
“Aperture,” 24 x 30 inches, repurposed acrylic latex on canvas
Control is not my friend, and it’s an ongoing struggle for me to let go of control. I have to trick myself in various ways. I tell myself I’m working on the front of the canvas and then end up using the back. I choose colors randomly, without consciously thinking about it. Or I use techniques where I absolutely have no control at all.
My mind thinks that it knows best, and it wants to maintain strict control. But sadly, in this case, that’s not true.
When I’m in control with painting, it’s not a pretty picture! Things are too predictable and boring. The patterns and designs are too even and symmetrical. The art is not interesting. But when I’m not the one in control, magic can happen.
It’s kind of a metaphor for our lives, isn’t it? When we try to have absolute control over everything, there’s no room for magic. But when we let go of control and venture into the unknown, new possibilities appear.
What role does control play in your life? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,
Painting at top: “Escape Velocity,” 30 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas