metanoia: A Painting SIP
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This SIP has been a magnified cross-section of the entire process of life. I have thought and thought and thought about everything that I've learned about myself and art and life and how they have all become interwoven in the past six months, and the bottom line seems to be Trust the Process. The unfolding of creation is where the beauty lies. My artist's statement says a lot about the driving force behind the paintings themselves, though not specifically about the images painted. The images, for me, are about the specifics of my life, of Paula's life. The paintings are about life itself, as a whole, complete, unending cycle--the process of creation, then learning what came from the creation (this writeup), then deciding where to go next, based on what was learned. When I started painting at the beginning of the summer, I'd only taken Painting I. Part of me felt the lack of experience would benefit me, because I'd be more open to experimentation) more unencumbered to try new things and see what worked best for me, and the other part of me was worried that the lack of experience would inhibit my progress. In actuality, it did take most of the summer for me to feel really comfortable with the process of painting itself. Only around the end of August did I finally feel like I was manipulating the paint the way I wanted-! was in control of the materials rather than the other way around. For this reason, I decided to extend my SIP into a two-unit one, instead of the one-unit I had originally planned. Doing this allowed me to paint more, and have the freedom to decide which paintings I wanted hanging in the gallery when I was finished, rather than having to put up all the paintings, regardless of how I felt about them.