More experiments with the Zorn palette. I wanted to explore the range of colors and moods I could get with those same 4 colors--black, white, Cadmium Red med. and Yellow Ochre. I'm also trying to be even more raw in painting, not polishing them up so much. Nancy Hillis has a phrase--deep experimentation--that is always in my mind. I think that will be my word(s) for the year. To me it's about showing up, listening deeply to intuition, trying the uncomfortable, and hardest of all, doing a lot of paintings that I end up not even liking. There's a lot of letting go to work on this year, but I think that's where the more exciting work is.
I love this time of year, reviewing what worked and didn't work last year and planning for the new one. To set a direction for painting, I've been using these questions from Donna Zagotta's blog a few years ago. I've probably paraphrased them, but they are basically what she asks.
1. In the next 12 months, I want to accomplish--
2. To achieve my goals, I will have to--
3. My current interests are--
4. Some things I would like to explore in my work--
5. Words I want to have describe my work--
6. 3 artists I want to have as mentors--
7. One specific thing I like about each of these artist's work--
8. I can incorporate some of these ideas into my own by--
9. If I could paint only one subject--
10. I love painting this subject because--
11. I can create a series on this subject by--
12. I will love my paintings when--
I've answered them for painting, but I think I'll now go back and see how they apply to my stitching.