In early January I wrote a blog post about finding a common thread. In the post I wrote that finding your thread is important to creating a body of work and giving yourself an identity in the art world. Here's the thing though, I fight that thread. Yep. I have a beautifully woven "mattie blue" and orange sweater hanging in the studio. And darn if I don't I feel the need to add something crazy like purple to it every once in awhile. We all fight the urge to create the trend, to create the what's hot now. But truly, if you continue down an authentic path with your art, you will find yourself growing. Now I'm not going to get past my stellar 5'4", but I can certainly grow in my artistic strengths and trust the journey more.
When I do this technique the ideas flow so fast from the sketchbook to the wood. Literally I was able to draw out 8 compositions in 2 hours. Now painting the compositions, well that takes a little longer. I'll show you the next step Thursday after the paint layers have dried. For now though, I've got to get some rest and start fresh in the morning!!