Over the years people have suggested to me that I’ve been holding myself back when I’m painting. For a long time I was most interested in developing my skills in representing what I see out in nature so I can share it with people who don’t have the opportunity to get out there. Lately, though, I’ve been wanting to let myself be untethered a bit more. I remember one show I was in that featured acres of painters. I walked on and on through all those tents and was alarmed to realize there was virtually nothing t0 set any of us apart from each other. All of us possessed about the same amount of skill, and all of us were painting nature scenes that looked pretty much the same. No wonder nobody was buying!
Also, I’ve been wanting to invite humans into my paintings, but in a general sort of way, not portraits. So, here we have “Evening Light”. It started out with drips and splashes and then got coaxed into a meaningful image. I am not sure how I feel about it. It sounds like it was fun to paint but actually I’m kind of a wreck. It is surprising how hard it is to let go and try to reveal a vision.
Next scary thing~go out and face the mosquitoes and ticks to look for colic root.