Making Progress in Painting
I have begun to think about how to get back into painting after show-ing my work in St Ives.
The initial problem is facing up to an empty canvas. This is problematic because there is no guarantee that there will be inspiration. The muse may not be there. It is a common thing for artists to find that they lack inspiration, and this may last for days or weeks. Sometimes more! The thing is not to bow to dejection and to let that get the better of one.
It is important to keep turning up to the studio – to sit and think; to organise tubes of paint; to tend brushes, etc. These times are rarely wasted. I have been awaiting the moment when I might put brush to canvas. I am looking forward. This week I have begun to work and to see what may emerge. So here is what have been up to:
I painted a simple acrylic on robust watercolour paper. Next, I cut it up and selecting useful parts that might offer a way forward. I then developed these small bits of inspiration - painting them onto un-stretched canvas.
Some new elements have emerged in these pieces. The palette is restricted and that in itself offers a way forward. Also, the second and third pieces have a sense of space which reminds me of desserts and prairies. Thinking about this ‘spacial’ element could be interesting.
I am unsure of where all of this will lead but I now have things to explore and ideas to build on and that suggests a good start has been made.