Well, there is only one way to begin a new work: that is to begin. I have three panels 160x90cm to complete for a project. I had some really complex ideas, but I have settled for a more immediate simple idea – expressive and hopefully emotive. This image may seem simple but it is loaded with my stuff, sort of an arrival of sorts – cumulating past ideas into a simple form – scary but I will give it a go. It’s better than twiddling thumbs, going to bed with a scrambled brain, staying up to late, wasting time going over detail, worrying about unfixable things.
This painting started with a bang! I made a coffee, put on some music, danced for my little dogs around the studio to Jackie Wilson Say’s (impossible not to dance to Van’s more lively stuff.) I Sketched out the idea, chunks of white, two blues, yellow and two reds, then let it rip.
This time next week I might be a blathering mess.