Whenever I paint I go through so many stages of belief in myself and disbelief...and yet, as the work begins to come together it feels like magic. Don't get me wrong, even through the disbelief I absolutely love putting paint on canvas, adding patterns and layers and layers of beautiful colour, but at each stage as I step back from the work to see how it looks and feels at that particular point I begin to question my choices. And even as the painting is coming to fruition, I sometimes question what it is that is missing. Often it is at the most unusual times that I find the solution, that 'Aha!' moment, and sometimes in the strangest ways. A pattern on something such as a piece of paper, a curtain, or the branches of a tree, or I see the moon or a plate and realize that I need to add that shape, colour or pattern. Stepping back from the work frequently makes all the difference, even when I'm not totally pleased with what I see. It is at those moments that I can take a good look at what is working and what isn't...what needs to be added and what needs to be removed. Those are the moments of magic.
Honouring the Ancestors
Great Places Plan