"Certainly for artists of all stripes, the unknown, the idea or the form or the tale that has not yet arrived, is what must be found. It is the job of artists to open doors and invite in prophesies, the unknown, the unfamiliar; it’s where their work comes from, although its arrival signals the beginning of the long disciplined process of making it their own. Scientists too, as J. Robert Oppenheimer once remarked, “live always at the ‘edge of mystery’ — the boundary of the unknown.” But they transform the unknown into the known, haul it in like fishermen; artists get you out into that dark sea."
This from the introduction to Rebecca Solnit's book "A Field Guide to Getting Lost". It sounds like something I definitely want to read. I also love the titles of some of her other books: "The Faraway Nearby", "Hope In The Dark", "River of Shadows"...)
When you paint, do you have a plan and know pretty exactly where you want to end up? Or (like me), is the process of exploration the most exciting thing?
I'll be doing a free demo on my playful, exploratory process on Sunday January 25th. Please call to register and reserve your seat!