Divisiveness in the US is filling the atmosphere with negativity. It is difficult to witness angry hatred displayed in news stories every day. I am fortunate to be able to spend my days painting in my studio. Breathing in the smells of oil paint, encaustic wax and turpentine clear my brain of depressing thoughts. Working on a blank canvas with fresh paint gives me joy, even if I’m frustrated about how the piece is progressing.
For years, I have worked on reducing my paintings to a minimum. My process, is rapidly applying paint and other mediums to a canvas, stepping back to view what I’ve done, and then scrapping off all the “extra.”
Two important concepts are part of what I do:
1. I don't expect everyone to like any or all of my paintings, but it they produce an emotion when contemplated, I feel I've done my job.
2. The other concept is not to overwork my pieces and let them be even if not completed.