Monday, March 5, 2012


($60.00....6" x 6"....mounted on a 1.50" depth clayboard)

"It takes a spontaneous process to achieve a spontaneous result." Most people would probably agree that the most special memories happened spontaneously or in a way that wasn't planned even it was a planned event. There just seems to be more emotion and more energy when things happen spontaneously. We can't always act on a "whim", but occasionally, it can be the beginning of many good things.

My entire goal this year is to explore spontaneous processes and to achieve a spontaneous look by improving my skill level. There are some processes that take considerable practice and even years to master, but once they're mastered, it looks spontaneous.

What doesn't look spontaneous is art work created by someone not using a spontaneous process and not having mastered a skill until it can be done with no hesitation. It's the hesitation that shows up in the art. Practicing how to lay down paint for an oil painting and learning how to be direct and decisive is part of the learning curve. Even in a process like Pouring Medium, the artist is the one who decides how long to continue allowing the colors to engage in movement and how much external blending with a tool needs to take place. I am learning to lay it down and let it be...sooner rather than later. It's about learning the perfect balance between decisive and quick action with the movement of a tool and knowing when to slow down or stop.

Another process that really helps is to do something with time constraints so that you actually begin to make decisions and movements quite unconsciously. That is precisely what blogging will do for anyone willing to submit themselves to the process. Time constraints will actually help shut down your internal critic and keep you moving forward at a much faster rate.

All of this pretty much describes where I am artistically and what I've learned over the past year. I am hoping it gives you a few more things to think about.  Today is posting 363.

Please contact me personally to inquire about this piece.

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