Regular readers (or anyone who has been looking through what I’ve written here) will have seen the painting I created for Spark 16. By now I’ve been looking at it and living with it for a little while, and working on it occasionally. The differences between what you saw then and what you see now, here, tells you a little bit about the way I work.
It starts with my thoughts, and my imagination. In the beginning I speak to (or with) the picture I am creating; but in the end I am not satisfied unless it speaks to me.
I am inspired (or Sparked), and so I begin. I think, I sketch, I think some more, I dream a little, I put paint on canvas. The picture begins to take shape.
Finally there comes a point at which I think it looks almost ready. It’s something like what I want to say, has been touched by the ideas that have been floating around in my mind. Then I know it’s time to put it aside, look at it, and let it find its voice. I need to give it time to speak to me.
Sometimes it speaks instantly, and I leave it as it is. Other times the voice is hesitant, and I need to coax it into speaking, find a way to bring out what it is on the verge of saying to me. Sometimes I succeed; other times I put it aside again.
First there is the Spark. Then the ReSpark.
Above, the ReSpark of what began with this:
I hope it speaks to you.