What’s Next

This photo illustrates the beginnings of one of my four-sided paintings— just a bit of paint, some texture with wood and cloth. We’ll see where it goes.

Ann Patchett in her essay on writing, “The Getaway Car,” admits she does not always know what is going to happen when she begins writing a novel. She carries the story around in her head for a long time before putting words to paper. She is not a novelist who works from an outline or who knows what every character will do.

I work in much the same way. I start with an idea, and I carry those shapes, colors, and emotions around in my head. Until I begin to put paint and textures to board, I am not sure where the painting will lead. I know if I put in the work, something will eventually happen. If it doesn’t work the first time, then it will by the second or third (though I may use a few naughty words).

Luckily, I enjoy the journey (or the making) as well as the promise of a satisfying and lovely destination.


Author: patricia906

I am a mixed media artist using surface design and texture to explore the patterns and associations in our world.

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