Where do ideas come from? Are there ever times when you have the idea for a painting and yet no idea whatsoever about how to start it?
I experience this all the time. Probably millions of ideas just “marinating” in the soup I call my brain. Every once in a while, one particular thought seems to separate itself from the whole. This is how the “Dreamer Series” began. I titled the series long before I had one stroke of paint on the canvas, mainly because I would be wandering around in my daily routine and these images would be floating just out of reach behind my eyelids. The picture would never be complete, just pieces of a puzzle, waiting to be found under the sofa, in an overheard phrase from a song, or in a sunny summer’s walk.
The first piece is entitled Tick Tock And The Red Pillow” and from the time I actually put brush to canvas to the finished painting was only around two weeks. The concept is so much older…for all I know it has been on my mind since birth. I do believe that we are all impregnated with ideas, so as a working project, two weeks is really only a split second in relation to the incubation of the Dreamer series. It was still an incredible struggle, because I tried so many different things….at one point the image contained a tree for example. It didn’t belong and all the ideas I wanted to put in the painting just didn’t fit. I knew it was finished when I let the painting tell me it was so.
I think the style is my attempt to blend classicism with surrealism but in a much more simplistic way that gives it my own personal signature. I don’t know if it works, but I am pleased with the painting. At least today! This is a departure (once again) from what I seem to be recognized for, and it has been a challenge which I thoroughly enjoyed.
As for the rest of the series, watch this space!
The Arteccentrix Gallery