This latest oil painting is still drying on its easel.
And I am contemplating the next subject in this theme that has taken hold of me and demanded that I keep going. I’m beginning to believe that this series is a potent form of art therapy for myself. Each painting, including Fluidity and Ripple Effect, and now this one, has been a sanctuary, an oasis of calm as I have created it. No, I’m not just getting high on paint solvents, I’m getting high on residing in the deeper, non-verbal part of my being.
The allure of water.
“Water is of major importance to all living things; in some organisms, up to 90% of their body weight comes from water. Up to 60% of the human adult body is water.”
The Water in You: Water and the Human Body (read the article at USGS.com)
Our first environment was a watery one. Maybe that’s another reason why so many forms of water and the sounds of water can affect us so profoundly. Park me in front of the sea, a waterfall, a bubbling backyard fountain, and I feel my soul starting to calm.
So, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that painting water scenes are having a profound effect on me.
Join me for the start-to-finish journey of creating “Going with the Flow”
I’m in the habit now, when tackling a new canvas, of capturing the many stages of a painting’s evolution. Doing so tells me how I tend to work. I’ve learned that the focal point has to be properly rendered first, enough at least to paint more broadly. Otherwise, I risk a painting that doesn’t feel balanced and doesn’t work. There is no one “right” way of painting. Creating art in any form is largely intuitive and I’ve learned to respect my own process and technique.
With that said, I invite you to watch this short (less than thirty seconds) video:
More in the works
As I said above, I’m contemplating which will be my next subject. I’ve recently returned from several days in Puglia. I’m going with the flow of the many images I captured there. Inspiration was in no short supply. Stay tuned!