Curious how things happen.
Today I wrote to another artist to let them know how I admired their courage to follow their own artistic nose. This evening I was digging around in the studio and ran across this painting from a dozen years ago. I remember putting it in the scrap pile as a piece that didn't hold together and, though I enjoyed the process of painting it, thought it was a bit outlandish.
Now I see it as having elements of exactly where I want to go with color and brushwork.
Perhaps some force was playing a joke with me and now, as I write this, is having the best time chuckling over the lesson I'm being taught. While I can't be exactly clear, at least in words, about what the lesson is, I think I better spend more time following my own artistic instincts just to see where they go.
I heard an interview with Carolyn Anderson recently in which she said several insightful things of which I'll share one. Essentially self-taught, she spends time just exploring ideas and wading through the painting process until what she is working toward happens. It's about what pleases her and she trusts that, if it honestly pleases her, it will likely please someone else. Good advice.
On to exploration....