When I created the painting for this month's entry, I decided to use a painting that I had started last year and never finished. The painting had dark black lines and dots of rainbow color splashed all over the canvas. It was a rainbow forest waiting to be finished. But as you can see, that's not how it ended up. As I tried to put a kissing couple in that space, I made the mistake of trying to hand write the words I ultimately ended up with on the final painting -- as a result, I had a lot to cover up, hence all the yellow and gold.
I'm not sure why, but I am finding this new project more difficult (but equally as satisfying) as the My Moon, Your Moon project. In the moon project, I used primarily watercolor and ink. For this project, I am using primarily acrylics and origami paper. Though I am comfortable using both mediums, I think it is the assignment that is tripping me up a bit. The subject matter just feels more expansive. It is the expansiveness I am finding challenging (and that sometimes means I am not always pleased with what I end up with), but I am letting go and letting what becomes, be.
I guess art is a lot like love. I may have expectations or romanticized thoughts in my head of what it's supposed to be like and find that it's anything but -- and I have been pleasantly surprised by it. It has been the unexpected that has been the thing I never knew I wanted. Opening myself up to new experiences and new challenges opens me up to the possibility of something wonderful. And that, in and of itself, is amazing.
"In the measurement world, we set a goal and strive to achieve it.
In the universe of possibility, we set the context and let life unfold."
- B. Zander, The Art of Possibility