It’s always challenging to bring to life a new painting that heads in a different or new direction or breaks new ground for me. I wonder if people will respond or react to the new look, the use of new materials or techniques. I wonder how the piece will look with the other work I have completed. Will there be a cohesive flow or logical visual progression to the work that will make sense in an exhibit of a collection of pieces. Doubts and questions abound. The irony is that I can be so excited to begin, to explore, to experiment and have a new piece take shape. The rush of creation is like nothing else in nature or even artificial substances! The biggest revelation to me has been that I can doubt and create simultaneously. My self expression is not diminished by fear and uncertainty, and in fact, the fear and uncertainty can bring a new and contributing influence. I love that this is so.
This new piece is inspired in part by witnessing my mother’s recent challenges and hospitalization. It had me contemplating life, conception, and the miracle of life. Something so timeless and yet so precarious is taking place every moment. How can humanity be so unique in the world and yet the process of life so similar to other life forms? Designing a painting that addresses this was exciting, and I can’t wait to see it take shape. I’m inviting you to travel through the process with me, and welcome your feedback and comments.