|Lemmen's Inlet, 30X30", oil on canvas|
Before I talk about the above painting, I want to tell you something....those that have been following my blog will know that I have been navigating through an experience of having a palsied right hand.
With no improvement evident over the last three months, I was scheduled for surgery this past Friday, November 20th in which the surgeon would attempt a nerve graft. Then, less than 48 hours before my surgery, a finger moved. Very exciting from my perspective.
My surgery was cancelled! I am doing the happy dance over here. Feel free to join in.
It will take some time, but the hope is that things will continue to improve without a surgery...that my body is finding a way to repair despite the degree of trauma it has had to deal with.
This would not be a painting blog if I didn't weave this life experience into my painting experience (art imitates life...or does life imitate art?) so here it is...
The studio piece above, painted about a year ago, was one of those paintings that I just didn't know how to tackle. So I just started with what seemed to be the most obvious and straightforward. After that, I found the next area that seemed obvious, etc.
Here's the lesson: when you feel overwhelmed, in life or in art, just start someplace. Anyplace that makes sense. When things are started, momentum is created, and a relationship between the parts starts to form. In other words, what you have just done will help you find your way to the next bit, etc.
I have no formula or typical approach when I paint, and so I paint the way I live, one step, one day at a time, trusting that the next thing will unfold as I approach it. Think of it this way: when you are driving a car at night, you only need to see as far as the headlights shine - beyond that, trust that the road will unfold. Don't panic, just carry on.
My easel and my next cup of coffee are calling, so this is where I leave you, hoping your easel is calling to you as well.
All the best,