29 July 2014

It's done!

When is a painting done?  I always say it's done when I start believing what I see.. and it wasn't different with this work.  As it was developing it moved through the usual creative steps which I think is not new to the creatives: excitement, play, joy at being busy with the stuff, looking, thinking, wondering, doubt, disappointment, despair, rejection, recklessness, doggedness, keeping on keeping on, standing back, thinking, hoping, looking, thinking, relaxing, tweaking, seeing, believing, little more tweaking, then stop and look, I might even be in love a little :-)


title 'urban dwellers', acrylic and graphite on stretched canvas, 760mm x 1020mm x 35mm available from Black Door Gallery

21 July 2014

WIP

and how typical... starting to doubt everything about the work.. colour, shapes, orientation and subject matter, and feeling the need to 'start over' and cover the whole thing in gesso.. trying to find 'worthiness', looking desperately for something to hold back the 'destroy' urge

inner thoughts telling me 'it's always good to give it time, turn it to face the wall for a while.. might even take it to the mirror for an inverted look.  sometimes there's a surprise there'

so here it is, title for now: "on ice" ;-)


14 July 2014

update

and here she is again, progressing towards something solid.  thought I'd share this WIP that started out with no plan.  still working with no plan, just going with the flow ;-)


760mm x 1010mm house paint, acrylic, graphite on stretched canvas

9 July 2014

permission to paint

How hard can it be to start a new painting?  Hard, I tell you, when you're all painted out and with nothing more to say.  Then the loyal painter will turn up at the easel, squeeze out, grab a tool and get busy.  Well, that's what I did today, with the added freedom I allowed myself of "no rules, no regulations, no theory, no nothing" just an open palette, an open mind and an open canvas ready to receive with thanks and no complaints.  So today there were no "ugly, mistake, wrong, poor, weak, purposeless" in the vocabulary and slowly on my easel something happened - this totally free, uncomplicated, unplanned, un-overthought and -overworked song started to find a voice. I'd stopped thinking, intuitively scrubbing in colour and just enjoying the freedom I gave myself.  I'm now convinced (anew) that it's all about the process of making, with me just turning up.  That's all that's needed.  Simple.


unfinished, acrylic and graphite on stretched canvas 760mm x 1010mm

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