No Destination

“Untitled,” 16″ x 20,” mixed media collage on deep panel

The week has just started and I am tired. To say it has been difficult to concentrate on art the last few weeks is well…an understatement. Illness, my own upper respiratory infection and my elderly mother’s increasing anxiety, has consumed me.

Finding myself the bad guy is not a new role, just one that comes and goes. And no matter how you feel at the moment, you really don’t want it to return. You want all hatchets buried, all peace pipes smoked. But usually, life doesn’t work that way even with the most optimistic outlooks. To keep my own head about me, I paint.

Lately, I have been working on paper, which doesn’t create my usual amount of texture. But it still allows quite a bit, just more visual than tactile. And because there is less preparation, I can work in the moment. Luckily, most of the layers also dry a bit more quickly as well.

This one, as yet untitled, is likely part of a new series. I feel myself moving a brush, a pencil over the paper as if it is a landscape I want to explore—even though there is no definite destination.

Do we need one? Can’t we just begin a journey and see what will happen, where we will go if we follow a line?




Vegetable Melody

“Vegetable Melody”

The challenge for the last couple of days was more collage on color, expressing temperature and mood. This one is all warm colors, a tropical explosion, but it looks more like my garden in August. See the peppers and tomatoes? Maybe there is even a sweet potato and a few squash.

I also continue to work with automatic or expressive drawing using various tools for marking. This one uses regular crayons, water soluble pastels, and charcoal.

“Vegetable Melody,” 10” x 10”, collage with charcoal, crayon, and pastels