As I’m beginning a new work of abstract on canvas I spend time reflecting on what I’ve been drawn to in nature, in music, etc. I also draw from where I am spiritually. There have been times my painting represents celebration, a releasing, or a promise. Hope and Joy are two themes I love putting on canvas. These are all what I consider to be my “first brush-stroke”. Then comes the color(s). Sometimes it becomes the base for other colors applied on top. I paint very few abstracts that I see the finish from the beginning. Each layer, each color, each direction of the brush is a dance that I’ve never danced before.
I don’t usually finish a work in one session or even one day. I have to let layers dry of course, but even then I am willing to give a painting some time to grow on me in the stage its in…then I’ll see a place on the canvas or in my heart that says “start here, with this color and….” and I do. The science of a painting is that it becomes a language. Leonardo saw painting as supreme among the sciences. A language is born when a painter’s hand takes the brush knowing it his mind and soul directing the strokes.
The artist's eye sees what his heart is saying and expresses it visually.