Painting is, more often than not, a content stream of frustrations. I’ve been working on a few larger paintings lately (I’ll call it a ‘series’ but the process if far too haphazard and their relationships flimsy for that) and have felt nothing but frustration. Using an inordinate amount of paint, adding and adding and reworking until I’ve absolutely no idea why I bang painting them in the first place.
Today though, I returned to a few smaller canvases and produced a painting using very simple and direct marks that actually meant something to me. No frustrations – I was sure of my intentions and carried them out. Why don’t/can’t I do this with the larger paintings? Self-imposed pressure, that’s why. Lesson learned (for now.) Keep It Simple (Stupid?)