I took an online painting workshop a few months ago - Get Your Paint On - and one of the teachers once said that painting is like a U-shaped process, meaning that you start on top, get frustrated along the way, until you reach the bottom of the U - which is when you want to give up, throw the painting away and pretty much find a new career. However, if you push through and keep going, you will go back up again and come out on the other side.
It's a simplistic explanation, but quite true. Plus, it was nice to be reassured that FRUSTRATION IS A PART OF THE PROCESS and that every artist goes through that.
Anyway, why did I start with that? Because I'm feeling at the bottom of the U today. Weird thing is, instead of happening in the middle of a painting, it's happening in the middle of a 'period of paintings', if you will.
I painted something this weekend, and I went in with NO PLANS whatsoever. I had absolutely nothing in mind in terms of colors, subject, style...and in the end, I didn't recognize the painting. I didn't see ME in there. Is that weird?
Here's the progression:
(note: these are 2 separate 12x12 chipboards that I taped to the table. I wanted to paint them together, so they would look like they "belonged" together, even after separated.)
|Mess of colors...|
|Closed my eyes and drew a little bit with a pencil. Then I started painting some of the shapes.|
|Decided to add black to the outside. I still have NO idea where this is going.|
|It was at this point that I saw a dog...|
|So I painted black everything that WASN'T the dog.|
And that's the painting after I separated the 2 halves.
Seriously, WHO DID THIS?