Before the birds were singing, I was painting in the studio. Movement, release, energy, play. All of these things were at work as the sun was coming up over the Atlantic. The painting I was working on is not done, but I was culling older collage pieces to recycle them into new work and SeRenDIpiTY intervened. Amongst some collages in a stack was a photo of my grandmother Mabel printed on organza almost three years ago. I had never done anything with it because there was never the right piece that came into being. It’s a rather dramatic photo portrait in sepia tones taken probably in the 1920’s. I looked at it and thought, wow, I should just make something with it after all this time. Fingers loose from painting and playing; I began to move the photo fabric over several collage scraps and took a couple instragram shots.
I knew, right then, that this photo needed to become a series, over collages that could speak to different parts of Mabel’s personality. Stay tuned.
But the most important piece is the SeRenDIpiTY that came from messing about with the paint. Moving paint and releasing pent up energy out into the universe led to…..led to…..led to….and will always in my mind lead to where you need to be going. Paint away.