In the first stages of my paintings I feel free, unchained by the confines of completion. This lends to a fresh and loose approach that is prevalent in my work. But sometimes I hear a voice... tighten it up, Sister”. Who is that voice and why does she want me to overwork my painting? After all, isn’t more better? Nope. I have learned It takes a lot of restraint to stop painting before the spontaneity disappears. Knowing when to stop is as important a skill as drawing or mixing color. Here is a good example of less is more. I was tempted to add more detail to this painting but realized the simple shapes and color harmony speak volumes.
Too much reality in a picture is always a disappointment to the imaginative soul. We love suggestion and not hard facts.–John F. Carlson