|under painting started|
the next photo shows the work when I go back into it for the first time. I start the process of letting the shapes, and connections come to the surface. I call this 'laying down the bones'. It gives me an early road map. Before the paint starts to get too muddy, I stop to let it sit for another day or so.
Then I start the real work. The photo below is the finished piece. This final stage is the place where I have to pay attention to the work. It starts to tell me what it wants to say. This stage can take one painting session or many. There is no hurry - if I'm paying attention and willing to risk all my fav places, the painting will pretty much finish itself. When I don't pay attention or think I know better then it folds into itself until I'm ready to listen!!
|oil and cold wax on panel, 30x40, 'Far From Her Monday Morning'|
That willingness to let go and let the work speak is such a freeing experience. By trusting this I have never been disappointed. Trying to reign it all in around some parts that I truly love, suffocates all the energy. I don't have to relearn this each time as much as I use to. I can even go a couple of paintings before I have to relearn it again. Progress is slow, but so rewarding.
See you all back here soon!!