Last week, I was compelled to approach the canvas like a child.
I ditched the reference photos, ignored my still life set-ups, and earnestly asked the painting what it wanted to say. Kids do this all the time. They don’t worry about making anything look like anything. They simply create.
I worked on this painting every morning for seven days straight. The week had many highs and lows, and on some days I’d leave for work feeling that I had hurt the painting. (I um, forgot that I was supposed to play.) But I persevered as had this deep sense that I couldn’t go wrong as long as I got out of my own way and let the painting lead.
Initially, a traditional portrait started to emerge, but on the 4th day, I broke free of my need to control the work. Wild strokes and neon colors transformed the piece and well, me.
Today it yelled, yes yelled, at me to stop, and so I did 🙂
Here’s a short little video showing the progression. I had my own song, Limbo, in my head as I was painting and I incorporated it into the video. It was such a liberating experience. Can’t wait to see where this takes me!
I’ve already started a new piece, once again, with radical trust.