"Abstract Landscape III", "Abstract Landscape IV", two studies. Acrylic and ink on aquabord, 6" x 6"
A wild and wacky weekend art festival has come to an end, and I am back in the studio experimenting with landscapes again. This time I decided to create two pieces using identical inks, paints and schematics but using entirely different surfaces. On the left, the piece was created on untreated aquabord. On the right, the piece is build on top of many layers of ephemera and gesso on hardboard. As you can see, the results are different (even in color intensities) on each piece. The first piece resonates with me more than the second, but the experiment itself was quite satisfying.
So lately I've been doing a lot of reading about and mulling over the way my thoughts work. And I think perhaps my thoughts are much like the foundation to a piece of art. If I can keep them consistent from day to day, I may get pretty similar results despite what the day throws at me, and despite what action I may take to try steering the day one way or another. If I perceive the day as wildly wonderful - then it will be. And how can I perceive it as wonderful? By thinking that it is. Thought by thought, all day long. Even if the dog throws up while I'm cooking dinner. Even if the garage door won't open when I'm in a hurry to leave. Even if there is bad news in the world. If I decide to think the day is wonderful, it will be.
I am not implying this is an easy feat by any means! But it is frankly astonishing how a really crappy day on the outside can truly be a marvelous miracle of a day on the inside, just because I think it is.
As with my art, this process of painting my thoughts is a work in progress. Just as I practice creating art each day, I am practicing choosing my thoughts. They say after several hundred paintings, you get good as an artist. Perhaps after several hundred thoughts, I will achieve magic in my thoughts as well.