I’ve written elsewhere about the practice of “loving it ’til you know what it is”, a useful improvisation game that invites us to trust the body and be willing to wait lovingly for form, awareness, and evolution to occur.
Today I really sank into that practice with my painting. I started with two blank canvases. The only smaller ones I have that are still blank right now.
I set a timer for 30 minutes, and alternated working between the two, to allow time for layers to dry. My challenge to myself was to paint over what I thought I was “in love with” from each layer, as a way to trust the becoming process more. I’ve noticed that one of my blocks is becoming too attached to a given layer, and then feeling afraid to “ruin it” by moving on. I have a few canvases lying around right now that are at the stage of “I don’t know what I can do next without letting go of something I love.”
What a metaphor for life.
Here are today’s works, in evolution. #1 (11″x14″ canvas board) – currently titled, “Desert Sky”:
#2 (12″x12″ stretched canvas) – at every stage, I loved it and didn’t want to let it go. I kept going, finding something to play with and an edge to push. Deep breath!