This week I got caught up with the Birth of Light painting.
It had been drying in my studio. I’d been staring at it again, looking for something I’m never sure of. Then all of the sudden, I got drawn in by the white light. I just had to make it even brighter. As I worked, it became a back and forth…fading details under layers and finding intricate spaces to sharpen. I highlighted the wave that breaks apart the colors, feeling like I was releasing a genie from a bottle.
I scribbled the words “pulling asunder” in my notebook. I thought, how it rhymed with thunder and that the painting makes me think of the sound.
I love when I get lost in working on a piece, especially when it feels like the push/pull some how opens the painting up into an atmosphere that feels more expansive than the canvas edge.
I took some before (on the left) and after (on the right) snaps so you can see the subtle changes that happen with a work in progress.
Making art is such physical experience, as well as engaging my unconscious mind. It is often hard for me to put it all into words, that even make sense.
I’ve written before about how I make a painting. I like having this blog because it makes me stop and take photos that are documenting my process. I want to find more ways to help you get a glimpse of it.
I would be really interested to know what you wonder about when you look at my work. Please let me know and I’ll post about it.