I never know what my paintings are going to look like. I have never been one to plan what I paint. While I do have ideas or thoughts of what I want to paint they are usually no more than little seeds because what I conceptualize and sketch as ideas in my journals never end up on canvas and what ends up on canvas is never planned ahead of time.
|Beginning stages... just getting paint on canvas.|
There is something magical about seeing my work develop and move in a direction that feels right although it is not always a straight, easy path to that place. I think that is one of the most exciting parts of the creative process for me. I am not sure why but this is how it has always been. My paintings take on a life of their own and evolve as I work. It is not something that I can completely control. Instead, it is more like a little dance that my painting and I have. It is like a relationship and I cannot always take the lead. Often, I must step back, listen and let the work guide me.
|Sort of huge jump from the first stages... got lost in the process and forgot to document.|
What is your artistic process? Does your artwork turn out just as you envision or do you do a little tango with your work too?
Although this diptych is not quite finished, it feels close. I guess I will have to wait to see what my dancing partner has to say... More on the inspiration for this painting in a future post.