All of my paintings are still at Art Piece Gallery, where we had the group show “Playing on the Edge”. There were two other artists as well as me showing, and it went really well. Opening night was especially lovely. It is special to have a show in your home town where it is easy for all your friends to come.
With all my work gone, it is a natural time to let in some new ideas. I find myself wanting to paint in a different way. I feel like I am on a journey towards something, and I get messages which way to turn on the path but I don’t know where I am going.
A while back I reorganised my studio and put away my oil paints. Since then I have been wavering between watercolours and acrylics. Since I have returned from overseas, my interest in the acrylics has been leading. Quite a few of the works in the show were acrylics with pen, done in a transparent washes.
Now I want to work differently with the acrylics. I want the images to be stronger, but I don’t really know how I want to achieve this. Partly because I don’t really know what I want it to look like, and partly because I don’t have a lot of experience with acrylics. So I have been experimenting.
But the thing about me and experimenting is that I am not the type that can do samples or colour swatches or even just fool around with the paint as people have been suggesting to me. I always want to be making something. I think I cannot keep interested unless I am telling a story. My interest isn’t in the paint or the medium or what it can do. I mean, that stuff is interesting, but it isn’t what drives me. What drives me is creating these images.
So, even to experiment I have to start a painting. It is kind of silly since I don’t know what I am doing and it could easily be a failed attempt with a lot more work in it than if I just took an old canvas and slopped around with the paint. But I just have to.