I’m trying to s-t-r-e-t-ch. That means trying things I haven’t tried before. I’ve doing quite a bit of drawing and have done a few that I like very much. I’m also working on an abstract portrait painting, which has been such a challenge. I’m am not an abstract person. But working on this particular portrait is training me to think differently and, in the long run, it will be benefit to my work. Not to mention to my mind. Getting older demands that I challenge myself, the way I think – or don’t think.
The other thing I like about the “less paint” idea vs. “more paint”, at the moment anyway, it enables me to take my tools, such as there are, with me wherever I go. And since travel is such an important and fundamental part of my life, I want to be able to incorporate it into my art. Sounds pretentious. Ugh. That’s the problem with “art.” Once you start talking about it rather than just doing it, it ends up sounding silly. I don’t know what the hell I’m doing other than having fun, so who am I to write/talk about it. I’m far from an authority. But that’s been a blessing for me. What’s liberated me is having ZERO expectations. I’m just having a good time. And it takes me out of my head – arguably one of the most dangerous places on the planet!