There is a voice inside of you that whispers all day long, "I feel that this is right for me, I know that this is wrong." No teacher, preacher, parent, friend or wise man can decide what's right for you - just listen to the voice that speaks inside. ~ Shel Silverstein
This is one of my favorite parts of painting, that time when the image begins to emerge and yet there is still so much possibility ahead. It's interesting how much fun the beginning of a piece can be...no expectations, no judgement, just fun and play.
Then I get to the part where I know it's time to begin adding images but I sometimes begin to get a little nervous because I don't like to cover all the lovely pattern and colour and yet I know I must. There isn't a plan that I follow at this point, but I spend quite a lot of time sitting and staring, reviewing sketches and imagining what could be. And then, I pick up a brush and start drawing with paint. Stepping away from the canvas from time to time as the image begins to emerge.
And I stop once again. This is the point I start to consider which colours I will use and, as often as not, choose something totally different as I approach the canvas to work once again. This is where I really have to trust my intuition and something fun happens...and then I have to sit and look for awhile again. The bison I initially thought would be part of this piece have become swallows.
Finally, the finishing touches. As I paint the painting just begins to resolve itself. Shadows and highlights and final marks...fingerprints, circles, lines, handprints...and then the work is suddenly complete. At this point I live with the piece for awhile to see if it calls for any more additions or changes and then it's ready to wire. Trusting that voice inside. All done. And so much fun.