I generally paint with no plan whatsoever. Which means I have no idea of what subject I’ll paint. I think the only time I’ve ever done that was for a class.
My plan is simple. Choose 3 colors I’m drawn to, and add black and white. That’s it. Next, I begin smooshing the color onto the canvas in any way that feels good (expressive) in the moment.
I also try to keep my body moving and my head out of the game! Eventually a direction reveals itself and I go with that – until, and unless, it changes – and it often does.
So when I’ve stacked up a few paintings, it’s always a surprise to find similarities among them. That’s how my “series” come to be.
I do recall painting the one below. It was a dark and grey summer afternoon – a BIG storm was blowing in. I had all the windows in my studio open to enjoy the breezes and tingly electric atmosphere.
It rarely rains in Southern California, so when it does it’s an event!
Newscasters excitedly repeated their “storm warnings” and bragged about their modern (but seldom needed) radar system. No wonder “Storm Chaser” came into being.
I was “in it” – the flow, that is.
There’s no more joy-full feeling!
Since then, a few paintings have the same aerial feel. As I paint, land and seascapes emerge from under my brush or fingers. Hence, the “Bird’s Eye View” series is born.
(The painting below was four-different-paintings before this finally came! I’m learning patience y’all. Really – painting teaches you stuff.)
During this same time period (since June) another series is taking shape…..one probably influenced by my daily walks – during which I’m amazed by the beautiful vegetation in my neighborhood, or in the wetlands and beaches I frequent.
I’ve taken so many photos of flowers lately, I’m sure it is the inspiration that’s become visible on my canvases.
This series, I’m calling “My Secret Garden”.
Even my art journal pages seem to fall somewhere between the two series now.
It’s all a mystery to me.
I never know what’ll show up!
If I’m not in love with a painting or page, I simply add another layer of paint the next day or flip the page.
Non-attachment is necessary, or I’ll make myself crazy – which is so NOT the point of creative expression.
“No worries,” I repeat under my breath.
“Breathe,” I tell myself.
It’s just paint.
Let it go.
Let it go.
Tomorrow, I’ll share something new and exciting – I’ve been interviewed by Creative Life Coach, Jamie Ridler, for her weekly podcast! OMGosh she’s about the most supportive and creative person I know!!
And guys – there’s 1 seat open for the upcoming art journaling retreat I’m hosting in Palm Springs in January. I KNOW it’s waiting for just the right person…..if it’s calling to you,