Sometimes you just have to dive in and take a risk. You head off into the unknown. In fact, most art making is like this. You don't know if the stars will align and you will make something you love or have a "learning experience" (see last post). I had an oil painting I did in a class many years ago, which I frankly just kept for the canvas. The painting was awful. So I decided to see if I could give the 24 x 36 inch canvas new life.
Sometimes I begin with a plan or some photo references. This time I just grabbed my machete (paint brush and palette knife) and headed straight into the jungle without compass, road map or plan.
I decided to play with retaining some of the underpainting-and use the colors to create a fun vibrancy in the painting.
I painted some, then stood back and looked at it. I took lots of tea breaks during which I held my purring cat, and pondered what the painting needed next.
House of Light, 24 x 36, oil on canvas
After 3 weeks and several painting sessions, it now looks like this. I think it is finished. It isn't asking for anything right now and I'm very happy with it. I really enjoyed playing with different kinds of brush marks, and creating movement and energy with the composition and colors.
I fell in love all over again with the palette knife.
There were many times while I was painting this that I had my doubts about it. But I have learned from experience that the journey of a painting does not dictate the outcome. Some pieces are easy and you sail along on gentle breezes for the whole journey. More common however is the art piece that is like a dance-sometimes you are twirling happily around the room, other times you are feeling out of step with the music and can't find the beat. Just like a summer road trip--you go for the journey--not knowing which days will be full of delightful discoveries and which days you just feel like you are endlessly stuck in the car! : )
That is what I love-the adventure, the discovery, and not knowing what lies ahead. : )
Wishing you a fun week full of adventure!