The Next Chapter
Welcome to my brand new web site and blog!
I am excited to introduce this more minimalistic direction in my work. It follows an eye-opening 9-month mentorship with the amazing Nicholas Wilton.
In the mentorship I learned many things. One of the most important—to follow my “Yes’s” and my “No’s”. Those messages that are constantly there, guiding us to be our true, authentic selves if we really, really listen. I find that when I follow what my heart and gut are telling me, instead of my head, it always leads me to the right place. I find this to be true both in my life and in my art.
In the process of adding colors, textures and forms to my paintings, I try to be aware if these things really feel like me. Is this a mark or a form that I love? Does it belong here? Is it in the right place? Is it the right size, the right value? Have I pushed it far enough?
It sometimes seems easier to just let things stay in, even when I shouldn’t. “I spent 3 hours working on that section today, so it’s probably fine”, I tell myself. But, I know something about it just isn’t right. I walk away from it and the next morning it glares at me again. Hopefully, at this point I take the risk, cover up the area and introduce something new. What usually results is that this stale area now has some new life, created from a combination of the new along with a bit of recovered history from what was there before. If I acted on what I was telling myself sooner, I probably could have saved myself a few, frustrating hours.
And so it is with art, and life.
And, now I’m going to go change that other thing that’s been bugging me.