Over the past 4 months, I have been painting non-objectively with oil paint and cold wax medium. I have been exploring and experimenting in ways that were new to me. There have been successes. do-overs and several out and out failures in this process. Finally, after many hours of work and 25 paintings, I started to notice that things seemed to be coming together in terms of my ability to work with the medium.
This past week. I found myself working on a small square piece that I had painted twice after scraping it back to the board. I realized I was trying too hard to make the painting work, which is always a mistake. I made an impulsive decision to make the center of the painting my compositional focus and work only with a simple square shape, texture and color. In the second painting, I continued this approach and in the process, realized I was working in series and would continue through the next several pieces until something else called to me.
The third painting is the most intuitive, inventive and painterly. It is also the more personal in some way because it seemed to come out of me with very little thought. I find the value of working in series is that it forces me to push beyond what is comfortable if I am to create works that are relational and at the same time unique. It is exciting to feel like I have a direction and that the process is coming together to produce work that I am happy with.