Steeped in Sunshine

Steeped in Sunshine, 16×20, pastel on paper

Sometimes people who don’t paint get the idea that an artist just has an idea, then is able to go right to work and make that idea show up in the work.

Not so.

All art is simply a response to the last action taken: a single stroke of brush or pastel. Most of the time, any artist you ask will tell you that when you begin, and you lay down that first stroke, the next thought is “what in the world is THAT? How do I fix it?” and from that moment on its a matter of being brave and responding to each new experiment.

Here is an experiment from this week. It is nearly as far as possible from the original vision I had in my head, but as it emerged the wisdom of letting it takes its own course was impressed on me. After that, I just followed where it led.

Thanks to my oldest daughter for the original idea and consultations during the setting up and photographing of this still life, as well as encouragement to forge on!

Be brave! Put down the first mark. React to that. Then react to that. Continue until you like it. Voilá you are an artist!

Then go have a cup of tea. In the sunshine, if at all possible.

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