As you can see things are moving along slowly in the new seascape painting. Which is alright with me. Remember back in January when I chose a word that would shape and define my year in 2010? Remember that word was SLOWLY. I am doing things more slowly this year, including and especially, painting.
In everything I do I am trying to be more mindful, more deliberate, more present. Seascapes are very complex and require a lot of thought when it comes to bringing about ordered chaos in the moving water and I want to honor the painting by giving it it's proper due when it comes to spending time carefully crafting the movement of the turbulent water.
The other part of slowing the process down is allowing my experiences of the storm, which occurred while I was on a silent spiritual retreat, to really soak its way into my inner being, so that I can draw out the emotions and thoughts of that day. It's no coincidence that I'm painting this at this moment in my life, a time when I'm feeling overwhelmed and turbulent on the inside. It's that inner experience along with the measure of peace that I found on retreat at Mercy by the Sea that will fuel the emotional content of this painting.
Here's some video from that day to help you tune into the mood of the environment...