Into March 2014 with a show of the Northern Lights, then a New Moon, and cool, bright sunshine - and here I am beginning my daily painting again. I am not sure if it will be a week, a month or a year, this time - just one day at a time for now.
I have had several enquiries about how I paint and some requests to see work in progress (WIP). Dipping in and out of newsfeeds and other online sources, I am impressed by beautiful WIPs - clean lines, artfully arranged brushes and paints - clear progressions to finished works - and I wonder at them.
Thinking of my own work brings to mind the well used phrase - 'If I was going there, I wouldn't be starting from here'. I shamble in - splatter in, layer on, scrape off, sand down, cut into - any one piece could have had several incarnations, before I stop. Images flit in and out of my mind, some alight on the surface of the work I am making...... I am messy, I have paint in my hair and on my clothes, my studio is chaos, my desk hidden under layers of the detritus of making - it's nae bonnie and I am no expert.
Another well used phrase here in the North East of Scotland - 'Fiels and bairns shoudnae see work half deen' (fools and children should not see work half made) - although in this case I secretly wonder if children and fools - or the child and fool in all of us - might understand best and accept and not judge until something is finished.
Still, I will not be WIPing anytime soon.
PAINTING STATUS: Daily painting and more finished pieces
WRITING STATUS: Still seeking my tribe. Morning pages, blogging and lists.
READING STATUS: The stack of gorgeous books to read is growing again :)
COFFEE STATUS: Nothing to report
F. E. Clark, 2nd March, 2014.