Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Never Cut a Tree Down in the Wintertime

"Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come."

I really like this quote by Robert H. Shuller the American Televangelist... you'll know him when you see him.

Anywhooo, after a chat with my very creative husband, I've made an important decision. I've decided to continue painting, but I will not be submitting this canvas to Nancy John's 40" x 40" Gallery show. I feel as if I'm starting to make creative decisions based on the submission deadline and I don't like how that feels. I am thinking too much about product and it's spoiling the play and discovery of process. 

So I hope you will follow along and see where this painting takes me. Some very unusual ideas are coming to mind and I am JUST GOING TO GO with them and see where they take me!

Trees painted in my sketchbook. 

Strips of paper I used to determine location and colours 
would be assigned to each tree.

I tried a variety of things to outline the trees 
including black oil pastel, pearl black chalk pastel and 
black india ink. Not sure which one I've decided on.

Trees going onto the canvas.

1 comment:

Carol said...

I think you have made the right decision not to submit it. When your making creative decisions to meet a deadline it stops being fun and you don't produce your best work.

I shall definitely be following Margaret's journey and cheering you on in her creation!

C x