Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Choosing a subject for a new painting

Choosing a subject for a new painting is like waiting for the sun to rise.  The anticipation grows with the light that is seen first in nature and then imagined as color and texture on paper with brushes. 

First there is the quiet, the hush that accompanies a stirring of wonder, and then there is the awareness of more formal qualities--of composition, contrast, rhythm in line and space.

The smallest detail becomes an Oracle of revelation for translating a living surface into a painted illusion.   

What is seen becomes a gesture for what cannot be known.

A possible subject for a new painting turns the artist into the shaman--negotiating with the elements and forces of nature to come and show themselves in their finest regalia, to come singing their power songs.