My newest project and just started.
These are the early stages - from a few tentative charcoal lines on a fresh canvas to just putting down paint in an attempt to find a pattern that may work. There is an idea and a colour scheme behind it, of course, but from there on it is wide open - which means that anything is possible, including failure. It is always a bit scary, but mainly just at first as the first few brushstrokes will suggest a few more and so on.
But I love these early beginnings where you can just go at it without worrying about details and specific colours - details come later and muddy colours can - and will - be cleaned up, besides at this point I do not know which details or colours should be added eventually. And that is exactly the point: everything is in flux and it is all about exploring and searching and - hopefully - finding; for me it is the ultimate challenge and the reward is the sense of discovery and the feeling that YES - This works, and This is what is needed! And there is still the belief and hope that THIS will be the best painting ever - until reality sets in and I know that it isn't quite ------------ but surely the next one will be! Which is probably a good thing for if I ever painted the perfect painting - would I ever dare another one? I think not for it would have to be a come down --- and so I keep going.
So here it is - my first 2014 painting done during many short sessions while I was fighting the flu. The one thing that was able to make me forget how lousy I felt, was getting into the studio and loosing myself in painting. I find that focussing so completely on something outside of oneself will get you into a different space - at least for a while until fatigue sets in - and it hits you again like a ton of bricks! I did take photos of a few of the steps involved and will post those shortly.
Well, I could have wished a better start of 2014: I was blindsided by the flu even though I did get a flu shot in early November - which just goes to show that you can plan as much as you like, but life/fate/luck will always have the last word! Anyway, the flu bug finally left and things can return to normal - thank goodness.
During the last two weeks I have worked little by little as much as I could, to clean up and re-organize my studio in order to incorporate my brand new art cart and a really good new light - and I don't think it has ever looked that good and tidy! Took a photo of it (look at my Homepage) as it won't last long when I start working in there again ----- which has already been happening: my first painting of 2014 is almost finished and I am quite happy with it so far. I will post a picture of it in a few days.
So here is hoping for a quickly improving 2014 - hopefully with new adventures and further possibilities for expanding my art business in new and different ways!