Thursday, November 10, 2011

Some Paintings Seem to Have a Mind of Their Own

 Work in Progress


This is the painting of a thousand adjustments.  It's far from done . Although I started with a well thought out drawing, followed by a separate exploration in charcoal, and a well developed under painting all from a photo I took, especially chosen for its strong compositional elements this piece has demanded constant adjustments, shifts in emphasis, changes to design elements and restructuring. Some paintings, especially the strong ones, seem to have a mind and will of their own. I like to think they want to become something extraordinary and they are demanding, unhappy and whiny, complaining every time  I do something ordinary, mediocre or just plain wrong while I'm painting. These are the paintings that push back and force us to dig deep and rise to the next level. They teach us the most, but they are the most difficult to raise (just like some kids).

It may be a while until this one is brought to completion. It's forcing me to work slowly, thoughtfully and with a good deal of sensitivity to its needs.

When confronted with such a demanding painting I listen closely to it and I do as Picasso advised "follow the paint".

2 comments:

Joan Cole said...

Though you may not feel it's complete, this painting looks beautiful, Jan.

Roxanne Steed said...

So true!! (and something non-painters may not understand). And all we can do is follow that path to the end...take it where it leads us (or we lead it!). Strength to your journey!