It’s been a strange week spent trying to get some chores done around the studio and our home but not actually achieving as much as I had hoped. Most of my time has been spent thinking about some concepts that I am trying to move forward with in my work. A lot of this has to do with using different materials in a way that seems organic and not forced– one of the differences between art and craft.
Sometimes I will form an idea that seems like the perfect direction to head but once I extend my thinking through it I find that the result that I imagine is so much less that I had originally foresaw. I begin to see the idea becoming too crafty and just that thought puts a serious damper on my enthusiasm for the concept.
So I continue to roll things around in my mind, trying to find that elusive edge which I can grab on to and run with. This is a bigger part of what I do than one might imagine. It’s never just a matter of physically placing yourself in the studio and mechanically moving materials through a process to produce paintings. The mental aspect is the hardest part of the process, hard to describe and even harder to master.
It was put best by iconic painter L.S. Lowry when asked what he was doing when he wasn’t painting. His response: “Thinking about painting.”
So I am here this morning, thinking about painting. But I am my own master, my own boss, which makes a nice intro to this week’s selection for some Sunday Morning Music. It’s a song from nuevo flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook and friends called La Rumba D’el Jefe— The Boss’ Rumba. So, give a listen, maybe move your feet a little bit and have a great Sunday. Me? I’ll be thinking…