This is Wandering Path
, 36" square. Since my time in Spain, I've been working with subtle variations in white and pale colors, and also with inscribing lines in the painting's surface. This painting shows both directions. I have also been using fewer panels in some of my paintings, such as this one that has only two--following an impulse to simplify the compositions. I like the combination of simplicity of composition and color range combined with intense worked surface texture.
I've been re-reading Twyla Tharp's book, The Creative Habit
, which continues to provide nuggets of inspiration the second time through. Such as--she says it is the intersection of two ideas that provides creative spark. One idea alone may be interesting, but it takes the second (or more) to start forming relationships and interactions that are dynamic and enliven the work. This seems a bit obvious perhaps....but I've worked on certain paintings a long time--stuck and frustrated--before realizing that I need a catalyst, another important element, to break the stagnation.
This past week several other paintings besides the one above have come together and into completion. Today I'm taking off from the studio, feeling pleased with the week's work and the need for a break. It is one more snowy, cold day here in Wisconsin...a good one for relaxing and reading.