Lorraine Shirkus in her efforts to paint in a looser style. This goal has mirrored my own for quite some time. It is difficult for me to give up the need (compulsion?) to render subjects closely to their actual appearance. I think that has to do with the fact that it's "safe." If you paint something as it actually is (with a little originality thrown in) it seems logical that it is then "correct." Where I fall down in my attempts to break these bonds of exactness is that uncertainty it might look like mayhem. Will the colors I use work? If I just imply a leaf, for example, will it be successful? If I lose edges will the viewer understand?
I know, also, that I do not "play" or experiment enough. I tend to want to bring each painting full circle and have a completed, ready-to-hang piece each time. I watch my grandson (age three) paint, and his primary goal at this point is the process...the testing of materials and technique - the "What happens if I...?" I think I need to go down his road more often.
All this being said, I am pleased with the onion above. It has more of the spontaneity I've been looking for.