Dialed In

Getting into the "mood" to paint (or doing anything, really) can be a challenge at times. I remember one of my professors in college explaining to the class that you can't sit around and wait for inspiration to strike you, otherwise, you could be waiting for a long time. He urged us, instead, to work even when we didn't feel like it. Work, in turn, would breed inspiration. I was reminded of this through a quote passed along to me from JQ by Virginia Woolf, "For masterpieces are no single and solitary births, they are the outcome of many years of thinking by the body of the people, so the the experience of the mass is behind the single voice."

As I mentioned in a recent blog (10 New Works from June '08), I am very excited about my new work. I am being more intentional with the brush than ever before and I am therefore able to see my paintings more clearly. I believe this is the direct result from the advice I received so many years ago. It wouldn't have been enough for me to be inspired; I had to make sure my skills were sharp enough and mature enough to permit me to render what was in my head, and I kept them so during the times when I was learning more than I was being inspired. As I painted yesterday, I was acutely aware when my mind and body act together, there is a harmony between me and the canvas. The harmony creates an effortlessness that essentially makes the work paint itself- I almost feel like I'm just painting by numbers because I can virtually see the painting hidden in the canvas and acting on it is merely intuitive. This is how it's supposed to feel!