Paint Out Loud...the story behind the art
This is a preview of a new painting that will be available at my SoloShow October 11. "Blue Evening" Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30.
I have been painting, painting for the past 3 months. It is interesting that when you consistently and I mean really consistently, paint everyday, things change.
When I paint like this I begin to recognize patterns...in the way I start, in the way the strokes look. It becomes more automatic. Is that good? Well, I think so.
Why would it be good to be in automatic drive while painting? It seems that it would be better to be hyper-aware of everything you are doing. Paying attention to what you want to happen on the canvas.
But for me I don't want to be aware. When I am painting in auto-drive, I am just letting things happen. I am putting color and texture down and letting them do their thing. This is my right brain, where the creativity happens. Where I fully connect with the brush in my hand, the colors sliding over the canvas. This is where I allow some patiently waiting Guide to appear and start the process of creating a beautiful piece of original art.
I love it when I am there, and generally these paintings turn out the best.
Eventually I will have to allow my left brain to take over. That is when I have to make decisions about the painting - what to leave, what to take out, how to connect elements, and look at the canvas with a critical eye.
Because I am painting so much, I am getting better and better about slipping into auto-drive to get started. Then at some point, I become very intentional about what is developing on the canvas and begin to pull it all together.
My Solo Art Show is October 11 in Asheville, NC. I am inviting you to attend. If you can't get here there will be a pre-show online sale of the art and you can purchase online. Go here for more info: