,It was with great relief that I sometime ago saw several posts on FB as well as a few other places stating that creativity seems to thrive among clutter and general mess! Ahhh--- I thought: I'm not alone and that's why I don't clean my studio very often! If I did, I wouldn't be able to work as well in there - and it is very true, that if I had to keep everything in there tidy, clean and presentable and as I don't like cleaning but much prefer to paint, I would be afraid to mess it all up again - and I don't really have to let anybody in without warning, right? Best excuse ever!
Anyway, these two paintings have kept me busy lately and the tall skinny one is almost finished, but not quite: an element is still missing but I have to consider carefully how to proceed or I might ruin what so far looks promising. The smaller square one has gone through it's last revision and I think that I better leave it alone now - any further changes may just make it different, not necessarily any better. With some paintings it is hard to know when to stop - with others it is much easier and obvious, that when they reach the point where they rest in themselves no further work is needed.
It is now two years since I last showed my work and I'm starting to think that I should get my work out there again. I felt that I needed time away from the pressure of having to put together a show or even participate in one, and it has been a tremendous opportunity to review and change my way of working as well as experiment with new directions and to try and find out why I paint, and what it is that I want to say? I have always had difficulty with the "what to say" bit, as I don't think that a painting necessary should carry a message apart from the delight of colour and form as well as the process itself. I still don't, but since there usually is an idea or experience behind all my paintings, including the abstracts, I am now starting to combine true abstraction with a hint of figuration without using too much realism - something I have always had difficulty with, the figure/object tended to limit my free expression and choice of colours. This I may or may not continue with, but it will be interesting to see where it'll take me.
And in the meantime I am included in a group show in my old stomping ground The Fort Gallery in Fort Langley - it is their yearly Alumni Show for previous members and it should be really nice to see who shows up and to catch up on what has been going on.
The show is on from about mid March to early April - I will post it soon.