Today I had some serious computertrouble, so only a little time to paint. So I only covered some parts of my new painting with white, and I see new shapes appear.
Again: it is another fase than the first layers (that is completely free painting). Now it is more ‘controlled’, more about composition etcetera. I sometimes can doubt: is this okay if I also have that more controlled and less expressive side too? Or is it that both of these things are keeping a painting interesting? (Only control is boring and stiff, only expression is formless and overwhelming?). Questions, questions. (I remember I had the same musings a few paintings ago)
I had fun painting anyway!
bye, have a lovely day!
Yes, a vulnerable place. Perfect word.
Did you laugh when you received Nicholas Wilton’s blog post today?
Isn’t the universe at work here??? 😉
I am glad you are confirming that those questions are at the heart of the adventure. I also just had the thought: I don’t have to have the ‘ultimate answers’ – this whole painting process is evolving in its own pace, there will always stay questions, we find our way trying out – there is no other choice. Probably there are no ‘ultimate answers!’ And that is the beauty of it!
I find it also a bit challenging fase when things are already unfolding, but they are bye far not done. They are sort of halfway – a vulnerable place.
My favorite line from your post: (I remember I had the same musings a few paintings ago).
I think those questions may never go away. They are at the very heart of the adventure.
I also think that both completely free and more analytical are both necessary to the process.
Finally, I want to tell you that even though your adding white today felt ‘more controlled,’ more about composition, etc., it still reads on canvas (to me, anyway) as free and expressive.