Saturday, November 17, 2012

What's It Like to Paint?

Do you know that warm tingly feeling you feel on your skin when you step into the sunlight?  Imagine that same feeling, but it comes from inside.

I was able to videotape myself painting this piece, but the computer gods do not want me to upload it.  It's rather surprising to me to watch the process over again on a video.  I forget about some of the stages my paintings go through.  This lady started out as what looked like a tree growing in a boat.  For many of my paintings, I don't set out knowing what it will look like or what will appear.  I like to compare it to gazing at the clouds until you see an image.  The paint glides around the surface until something is ready to emerge.
I really can't think of anything I'd rather be doing right now than painting. So it's thrilling if someone else finds joy in viewing my art.