This is a small section of the current status – wait, not even the current status but the step right before the current status – of my Larger than Life painting. I don’t really work this way. My work is usually hyper real, or when I’m playing with paper collages, it’s most often precise angular shapes stacked together with the occasional ripped edge or off-kilter placement. But wow, I enjoyed this process. I enjoyed going in with no notion of what would result. I enjoyed glopping on some paint and spreading it around. I enjoyed adding colors or elements that wouldn’t be there if I was thinking deeply about the process (little yellow dots? choosing burnt orange to go with pink, green and turquoise because I couldn’t silence the voice that said “THIS color next”?), but that worked because I let my inner critic sit in the corner and sulk. Poor baby. (Not really!)
I have an idea for the overall piece, the direction I want to go in and will be sharing going forward, but there are little sections here and there on this painting, especially the corners, that I want to preserve as-is. For now. They may change, but I’m going to document the current state just in case.
Here’s to the Tiny Treasures in the Big Pictures. Trust me, they’re there if you look. Even if you have to push your inner critic in the corner to suck her thumb while you enjoy the view.
(p.s. who knew a folded up business card taped into a triangle would make such a fabulous stamp?)