I paint everyday but not posting it all. I've learned so much from
observation, but find myself obstinately wanting to over-ride what
I observe in order to be more creative. My head is filled with so many
possibilities of what a painting can be it's hard to see what's best to do
at any given moment. The great thing is that I've become observant of
everything around me—even when I'm not painting—people, things,
the way the light falls—it's mesmerizing.
When I'm painting, I try to be faithful and get it all down and end up
with "right" but dull so I've changed my routine. I now start a few
small paintings and a few larger ones so I always have something in
some state of becoming so I'm not compulsive or desperate to finish
anything. I'm no longer faced with having "completed" something then
faced with the blankness of starting something new. My studio is too
small to keep a lot of set-ups so once I get the bones down, the set-up
goes down (or it dies or rots). And then I feel free to rely on memory or
imagination or whatever the surface asks to be. I have 4 or 5 surfaces
in the wings, so if I reach an impasse on one or lose focus, I can switch,
hopefully applying something I've learned to another. It's oblique, like
coming to a solution sideways, and so non-direct, but it aligns with the
way my brain works. I still have frustrating days but think: so what?
I'd rather spend my day doing this than anything else.