I love when a painting draws people in from a distance to study how it was painted: the richness of the paint, the strokes of the brush or palette knife, the blending of colors to create the tone, the values in the work.
I begin a painting by choosing what and how I’m going to paint. But when the work is finished, there is always something that I didn’t fully envision — maybe more color, more paint, or different strokes than I planned. I believe that “Spirit” takes over when I paint, and I create from within, letting it guide me. I’m often surprised when I finish and strangely can’t remember creating certain parts of it.
For now, I am challenging myself to paint in different ways to continue to learn. Sometimes it is with brushes, sometimes just palette knives, sometimes thick paint, sometimes thin. I will never stop experimenting or risk being bored. Each painting is a learning experience, a journey. Isn’t that what life itself is all about?