Often when I begin creating one of my paintings I either have a story in mind to tell, a picture I clearly see in my mind’s eye or triggered from a photograph. It’s a starting point from which the piece of evolves, either by enhancing the original idea or expanding into something I didn’t foresee. For example, the Battle of Maisondieu. Originally started as just a rat hanging from a sword hilt, but changed as I painted, not just by me, the female rat was added after comments from my Facebook friends.
A lovely lady hailing from the US and usually a collector of my Aussie critters, turned out to be my inspiration. She had quite an impact on me when sharing her reasons of connection with the painting. The scene reminded her of the family home she was brought up in as a girl, her mother’s pleasure in feeding squirrels and also old times with her much loved Dad who had passed recently. She thought it would remind her of those good moments.
She’d magically given the piece a heart and I was motivated not just to finish it, but to make the work even better.
How extraordinary, I never really appreciated the different ways other people relate to my work. I may see something and think I’m telling a particular story, but others see the same thing and see quite a different one to mine.
For me this experience has given me more freedom, in that I can create something that evolves without it always needing to make sense to me.
I can just wait until you tell me what a particular painting means to you.
You can give it the heart I’m always looking for.