Hello! Happy Monday everyone! I hope the weekend treated you well. I know I can't complain about mine. My sister and nephew were in town so I spent my time hanging out with them. On Saturday morning we were bored and decided to go to some open houses, which was fun. While walking through the empty rooms I couldn't help but get a little excited for the next place I live. I can't wait to have free reign to decorate how I want and create a space that really fits my style. Maybe when I get to that point some of my Painting of the Week posts will be dedicated to creating art for my own walls. When I wasn't with my sister and nephew, I spent my time at work and finishing up the painting for this week. I ended the weekend smelling like an egg roll and with a finished piece to share with you today so I'd say it was a success.
I enjoyed working on this painting and taking a little break from color. It wasn't really planned (like usual) but throughout my process of creating, the desire to add color never really came up. Besides adding some gold paint. But using gold paint is kind of a given for me lately so I wasn't surprised when I felt the need to use it.
The creation of this painting started with a trip to Menards. I was there looking for some fine mesh wire for another project. It didn't take long before I realized I had given up on searching for the wire and I was in the lumber section with 6 boards laying around me as I tried to find the piece with the best grain pattern. This is not an unusual scene to find me in. Anyways, I ended up leaving Menards with a 24" x 24" piece of wood and nothing else.
Back at home, I stained my board for a richer color and to intensify the wood grain. Once it was dry I started painting. First thing I did was make the three square border in black. I can't explain why but when I first stood back and stared at my new piece of wood that was all I could see.
I began adding the white details without much of a plan. Almost every time I painted something new and stood back to view it, I had an uneasy feeling. It was a constant feeling of, "maybe I shouldn't have done that." I couldn't shake it, but I continued to create with a constant flow of ideas. It was as if my hands and my mind were disconnected at times. My hands knew what they needed to add next but my mind didn't trust their decision making. It was an odd thing to experience.
Another element throwing me off was the addition of the text as one of the final elements. This time the words didn't inspire the design but rather they came from the design. My mind kept saying I was working out of order but eventually the words "let me go" appeared and I couldn't argue that they were meant to fill the center.
I don't always have a clear reason I can give for every design decision, but I think that is a beautiful thing. Inspiration can come from anywhere and it won't always be understood. I was challenged with letting go of processes and trusting my intuition while creating this piece. It isn't always comfortable, but I can feel myself growing as an artist and I am thankful for that.