"space, space, space, space,
held, held, held, held,
hold, hold, hold, hold,
intersection, intersection, intersection, intersection,
bodies, bodies, bodies, bodies,
place, place, place, place..."
I took an oil painting class in 2004 with Gerald Steadman Smith at the Ottawa School of Art. Gerald had the class bring in a photo for the first class and we used that to paint from.
During the class a student asked Gerald how to put the paint on the canvas. She had never done it before. I was now wondering what golden nugget of wisdom Gerald would provide that would alleviate my own rising anxiety.
He said, “You take your brush, dip it in the paint, and then put it on the canvas. I’m not going to do it for you, or even show you. Do you think anyone in any of my studies ever showed me? No. You just do it.”
Be still my beating heart.
For the month of January, I participated in the Comox Valley Arts, a community arts council, 30-Day Drawing Challenge. I used a free app: You Doodle, and my finger on an iPad. This is a selection from the 30 days.
I don’t paint the sides of canvases.
It indicates that the painting is finished. I don’t consider my work finished. There is always something that can be improved or changed.
It can prettify the work. I’m not interested in pretty (unless it’s a device to lead you to something else). Beauty and pretty are not the same thing.
It’s a painting. I’m not interested in trying to make the painting into something it is not. It feels like it is trying too hard. That’s not to say that paintings are not other things. It will become what it will become.