Seeing Where the Road Goes
Trust that little voice in your head that says
‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if…’; And then do it. – Duane Michals
The most exciting thing for me about making abstract art is anticipating what happens next. It’s a little like following an unfamiliar road with lots of twists and turns. I may start with an idea or theme in mind, but rarely does the result turn out to be anything I’d first imagined. Many times I’m surprised by something even more interesting than the original inspiration. The important thing is to start and just see where it goes.
The fun of it all is playing with paper, paint, canvas, and marking tools, and saying “This might be interesting” or “What if I moved this over there?” Sometimes I will lay down a stroke or a line, then cover it up again or wipe part of it away. But a ghost of it might still be there, subtly influencing what comes next.
There is no right or wrong. After all, if the whole thing is deemed a failure in the end, I can learn from it and move on. But if I feel it’s been a success, that’s always a good day.