I've begun work on two smal (for me) pieces - they each measure 20"x20". Not only is the size different but the format, square, presents a new challenge. The canoe on the left flowed out of my brush and I immediately knew that arrowheads would be present in this piece because I dreamt about it last night, a dream I had all but forgotten until I began painting...but the second, the one on the right, has been a challenge for me, lots of painting and scrubbing back, layering on more colour, etc. I wasn't liking this one at all, until I realized that I was trying to force it. I let go, drew images, a bison chasing a man - in navy on the background - which made me laugh, and which freed me up to creating something that I think could be very interesting. The amount of paint I use in this process is absolutely astounding to me but I do think it's necessary to create the layers of depth and meaning that these pieces have for me.
AIRdirondack Art Project