Loreena McKennitt's voice always is a balm to my soul so when we were asked to paint to music, closing our eyes, trusting ourselves, I knew for me it would be painting to her 'Samain Nights'. I loved the process of trusthing myself just to get colour on my canvas, to make marks, to consciously use my entire body. And when I opened my eyes, I was reminded of the small birds that flit through the trees outside my living room window and I felt happy. I have to say, though, that I prefer the end result of the beginning of the piece I spoke of yesterday but maybe it's because I prefer organic form, I love floating colour onto a canvas and letting it go where it needs to. And working in that method is definitely familiar to me as all of my paintings begin on the floor, though I don't tend to use a spray bottle to move the paint and instead use a house painting brush filled with water. I think I like the result of the method I posted yesterday even better than my usual method of working as it allows for the colour to remain more true to itself - it feels less 'manipulated'. I have plans this summer to purchase a large roll of raw canvas and to explore that more in our garage where I can work extremely large. It's the way I used to work and I find it interesting that I have been drawn to work in that way once again.
AIRdirondack Art Project