These surprises have been major blessings after the last few weeks. My work was stagnant. I felt stuck. Instead of being excited as each piece approached completion, I was underwhelmed. The concept and composition were nothing new. There was no growth….
I had an initial panic moment and wondered “Am I getting WORSE?” Then I realized there had been growth. In me. I had outgrown my approach and was ready to experiment and expand on what I’d developed. What a relief! I shooed self-doubt out of my studio.
I took a week to evaluate all the glacier pieces I’ve done. I thought about what worked (creating depth through changes in color and value as well as lots of layers) and what didn’t (Undirected movement of the eye across each piece, I was only pulling they eye IN).
Little flickers of ideas were going through my mind:
The churning of a waterfall
Water flowing through pipes
The curve of a waterslide
The flickers were becoming full flames. I needed swirling movement. Rotation. I needed to paint the glaciers in ways that showed the connection with flowing water. Water shapes glaciers as it flows over and through them. Glaciers come from water and then revert to it again.
The mini paintings I’ve worked on this week reflect that more. I still have lots of room to grow within this new approach so I’m happy and feel like a wave of momentum is carrying me.