Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Leaving The Ground
Gentlemen.. start your engines... Yes, it's true, I have started. I am going to paint 20 paintings before April. No reworks of old ones, no fiddling around, no playing the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge game, not this January. I woke up today into a brighter than usual January morning, recalling how I am usually painting with a new(hopefully) attitude after the bustling exhaustion of December. I usually hit up my paints before I de-decorate, have no problem walking out of the mess and painting. Those challenges, oh my goodness, I bet I drove the channels of FB nuts with my daily posts. Seems so long ago somehow. Where does the time go? don't think about it, go paint.. right.
Yes, I have started. No, I didn't take time to paint a coloured ground on those giant WHITE canvasses that stared me down in my studio. I just hit one with paint. A few reasons for that. I felt like painting for real, as in stir up that creative engine that was needing some ignition. And, because I am feeling the squeeze of a timeline, no time to paint the canvasses like a wall in my bathroom, which also needs painting, May.. I'll do that in May, sure I will.
I conclude, once again, in an ongoing thinking day of conclusions, I like painting on a white canvas. I feel like I am more at one with whatever appears out of the blizzard of white. I also like a coloured ground, but I can't remember why. That one-thought-at-a-time thing, live in the moment and you forget what all those other moments said. Pretty obvious why I don't teach, isn't it? It's okay to laugh, I laugh at myself all the time, and it's okay, I'm not offended by myself.
Where will these 20 paintings take me? I wonder that myself. This is why I am posting here now at the beginning. I hope to take this trip into the unknown along with everyone else, the viewer, the cats, the family... I have no idea. I know in concrete logical thinking, I'll be counting days and minutes while I look at the product. But what's inside the product, as in soul of it, I am not sure. This one I started yesterday has already taken over my soul, and I am just following it now. Now it leads me, and like Peggy March, I will follow him.
I hope to check in here to update my progress. I hope to follow my impulses to write. Wonder what I might write in a few weeks or months.. wonder if it will say.. blbbgul llieghhryy shhheirrrlllll or something that makes a bit of sense. I wonder. I am thankful I can do this while the darkness of January passes. Pretty lucky I think.
Okay (deep breath)... I'm going in....