Friday, May 25, 2012

Loose Does Not Mean Easy

"Meadow Dance", 11 x 14, pastel on Pastelbord

 My classes have ended until next fall and with no pressing events except a mini show I'm doing at Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst June 7th-July 6th, I have free time. I've decided it's time for me to get back to doing do-overs on some works I am not pleased with. First I wipe the pastel off with a chalk board eraser or Kleenex or wash off using my hose. Once done and all that remains is the ghost painting, I start a new journey usually with a fun, playful attitude painting until something grabs me. I see hints and suggestive images coming forth. Sounds easy but don't kid yourself, it's not. I experiment, go through twists and turns and dead alleys. I want to quit and give up in disgust but being optimistic that something good will happen, I keep on painting. I never know when it hits but eventually something happens and I like where its going.
I have turned a corner. Now I like what I'm painting and can't wait to see what I do next on my canvas. This is the scary part because it's becoming precious but ohhh sooo exciting. But I don't want to tighten up so I'm walking a tight rope. I'm pumped and the juices start flowing. It was work to get to this spot and the work goes on but with a new heightened excitement. Can't wait to see what I paint next.  I am addicted to the thrill of the ride!