It occurred to me recently that, not only is the painting of each piece of art out of my full control, but, so is the whole adventure. No longer do I, or can I, plan what a painting might look like. Neither, can I plan where I’m headed on this journey in the short or long term!
Firstly, the act of painting.
I’ve been “planning” a couple of things. One is, to mix some more original colours before I start and make the paintings more authentically mine. Also, I’ve had lots of ideas for design starting points. I seem to collect heaps of them for just this purpose!
But, it just doesn’t happen folks. The gear is laid out, the paper ready and in I go, with minimal, if any, thought of my plans, loose as they may be. Stuff just happens, as it did in the first stage of the painting above, leaving me with the job of deciding what “it” wants and following the leads.
At this next stage, below, I’ve collaged on some paper, some of which is thickish handmade paper. I’m wondering if it’ll last the distance? But, hey, I’m not in charge, so who cares.
I pressed on with it, feeling both out of control and excited.
It seemed like a good idea to digitally explore the possibilities so I used a photo editing app to play about with the paintings. Using the “whiten” feature I designed various sky shapes. Two variations are shown below.
I ended up with heaps of options! Which to choose!?
Below, I’ve painted the first layer of white paint for the sky shape of the selected option. Then, it tells me, “fix” that big blue bit at the bottom.
So, I did that, but still not happy …. it needs a little something?
It’s only minor but I added some graphite outlines and emphasised others. But! It’s still out of control! I can’t seem to “like” it enough for it to be finished. Not sure it should even exist! (It may be the first layer of something else.)
So, you can see, there really isn’t any way to control where a painting will finish up when working like this. There may be more to do on this one, or it might be painted over. These developments, however, inevitably lead to new ideas and discoveries, both welcome and unwelcome!
Secondly – overall plans for the year. I made a few in some areas, such as a small list of themes or “subjects” to tackle!? But, you guessed it. We’re not on track there either. We’re off somewhere looking for something else, with no idea what it is!
Now, to be fair to plan making, my art and I are heading in the general direction that I planned. I’m making art and moving forward with associated stuff. It’s just that our route is taking us on a few unforeseen deviations along the way. It makes for a more interesting trip. Who knows where we’ll finish up!
Do you suspect, as I do, that art might be different to a lot of other things, in that all this change and redirection of effort can successfully be allowed to happen? It can lead you to the unknown but pleasing goal you didn’t know you had! The one you were not obliged to achieve. And along the way you created paintings that you didn’t know you were going to paint.
Here are two new pieces that have been listed on Bluethumb. Click the images for more information.
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