I always start a new quarter by explaining to my students how important it is that we develop a practice of simplification and analysis before beginning a drawing or painting. I have them do an exercise to find large simple shapes based on value within a reference image. This helps tremendously!
I began a new painting today. The images inspiring this painting have been floating in my head for a couple of weeks, since I made a trip out to Dungeness Spit on the Olympic Peninsula. Standing on the shore facing the Strait
Painting shows me my stubbornness, my insecurity, my indecision. It also shows me my courage when I persist anyway!
Painting shows me how I "close my eyes and jump" at things.
Painting is a dance - sometimes a struggle - between specificity and ambiguity.
Painting shows me how trapped I am in habit!
Painting clouds reveals my gestures - my habits - my assumptions.
When mind opens to what the eye beholds
When nouns lose their edges
When perceptions dissolve into sparkling molecules
Universe begins telling her story
- while I scratch notes with paint