It’s done! It’s done! My latest painting is done. I see it as a wave. A never-ending wave… it’s always swirling around, moving, pulling in and breaking out. There is energy in the motion. I’ve entitled it “Arriving” because that is what I see it doing. Always arriving, never arrived. Just like us. Any time we think we have “arrived” we start on a new journey. Any time our wave breaks on shore, we have but a brief moment before we are pulled back into the swirl of life and creativity. That’s just how it works.
Getting back into painting has been fun. I’ve enjoyed seeing this image emerge, letting it tell me where I wants to go. I’ve enjoyed getting paint on my hands and under my fingernails. I’ve enjoyed gazing at the end product up on my easel. I’ve also enjoyed what I’ve learned from the contrast of this painting, which I love, and the other one that I was hating last week. Thanks to your advice, I’ve set that painting aside and I will come back to it later. There are some distinct difference between my approach between “Arriving” and the painting-which-shall-remain-nameless. The biggest is in the gestures I used. For Arriving, I was playful and free. I did not try for clean edges or precision. I found interesting things to stamp with. I circled and swirled, layered without trying to be smooth or clean. The interaction of the layered elements is what I like best. In the painting I hate, I got wrapped up in clean edges and even coverage. The gesture, the texture, and the interaction of elements got lost in the precision. So, for my next paintings, I’m going to go with the looseness. Open gestures, stamping shapes, allowing imprecision. See what emerges.
Here’s the painting in it’s process of “Arriving”… Just in time for Paint Party Friday! Starting with shades of blue, lots of fingerpainting and a spray bottle to drip:
Adding more blue and some circles with a foam brush, more dripping:
Adding green and beginning to define the swirl:
The white enters, using various random things to stamp circles:
More white and layering of the circles with other colors to further blend and define the regions:
A few minor additions of light/dark to blend the swirl with the “bubbles” and the work is finished:
I took a few closeups of my favorite parts:
And a new question for all of you experienced painters this week: How do you sign your work? This painting is, as yet, unsigned. I’ve always had this struggle of wanting the signature to be small, neat and unobtrusive but I am paint-challenged for small details and it never turns out right. I find myself wanting to sign it with a fine point Sharpie and be done. Any advice is appreciated, and thank you so much in advance for sharing your tips! Last week’s comments were so helpful.