Miracle Manor Welcome ~ 8” x 10” ~ © Linda Hough
When is a painting done? Painters are notorious for not being able to let go of a painting, even working on them just prior to the doors opening for an exhibition.
In the course of this week, I’ve gone through a gamut of emotions. I’ve watched myself go through the ritual of doing everything else before sitting down to paint. I almost talked myself into stopping because 1) this is no longer my style, 2) definitely not my ‘theme’ or even 3) the ultimate question: do I REALLY want to be a painter?
Eclipse at Miracle Manor ~ 8” x 10” ~ © Linda Hough
All devious thoughts, questions and devices of the subconscious. Finally, I saw that these three little studies are my entrance back into the world of painting.
When I took away the expectation that they be great paintings, perfect visions of what I wanted to create, I began to relax and enjoy the process. I opened to the joy I find in layering color and watching the glow begin to appear. I let them be what they wanted to be.
I began looking forward to ‘seeing’ what I would see in the morning after an evening of painting. They always looked better with some time and distance. The critical voices at bay. A new perspective revealed.
Poolside ~ 8” x 10” ~ © Linda Hough
Then the magic moment occurs, when the paintings come alive. They begin to speak and you begin to listen. Ah yes, darker over here. A touch of yellow over there. Another layer of blue for the sky. The give-and-take is satisfying, rewarding and takes the pressure off of me. The paintings know what they want to be.
Are these paintings done? No. There remain the many thin layers of color that make them sing; that further defines the edges, the shadows and lights. And as I progress down this road, I expect to be delighted watching them unfold before my very eyes. : )