|Blank canvas and ready to begin again, but letting go FIRST!|
After completing a wonderful and successful large abstract piece, I was anxious to begin another. It was a spectacular failure! I am fairly new at abstract painting, and spent some time reading about and studying the process. Over and over again, regardless of the size, style, medium or artist the one consistent element was that they approached the canvas, let go of preconceived images and allowed the paint to express a feeling. My first true abstract I was able to do that, it was a marvelous experience….I wanted more!
And then because I wanted the second painting to be as good, I reverted back to my original “we are all taught to do it” method of painting…make a plan, do a sketch, arrange the composition. And this work like all other pieces I created in the past….was controlled, I controlled every aspect of it.
Yesterday I planned, I sketched, I controlled the work and the painting was horrible!
This morning I woke up, painted over the image and I am starting again. Today there will be no sketch, no plan just a free exploration of feelings, a dance with paint and the magnificent practice of letting go. And that is precisely how I want to live my life from here on out."If You Could Read My Mind" Gordon Lightfoot