Soak it up. At least I have been.
I want to make bold, new, brave work.
But I am realizing something about painting.
Painting, like writing, can ruminate in one’s mind for a long time. But the real discovery comes in the making. You learn as much about what you want to make by listening to the work itself. I have heard writers say that when a character really comes to life they will do things that surprise even the author.
The same is true with art.
I find myself conversing with the work lately. Listening close.
I love these works. They are also not exactly the new work I’m dreaming of.
But I am realizing that to get to the new paintings, the only way is to paint my way there.
So here’s to the process; for you and for me……to whatever it is you’re listening close to and painting your way toward.