Friday, June 4, 2010

Lack of Intention

Like most things in life, painting is better when done with intention. Take this painting I just started. I wasn't feeling it. Partly because while I do love men, this is the first full male booty painting I've done and I'm feeling a little unsure of the whole booty thing. But mostly I think because I allowed that nebulous feeling to invade my normal practice of setting an intention when painting anything.

The funny thing is I love a guy with a butt. It's actually one of my requirements. Guy's got to be able to fill out a good pair of jeans! But unless I'm giving a massage or knocking boots, I don't spend a lot of time getting familiar with that part of the male anatomy. And let's face it, sometimes not even then.

When I was in New York City, a gallery owner said that he tells all his artists to know WHY they are painting that particular picture. Because if you don't know why, your audience won't either. He recommended sitting with the reference picture and really feeling the feeling of what it is we want to express - then begin to paint. This advice has been priceless for me, especially when I get lost, overwhelmed or a little out of my comfort zone.

So going to go back to my easel now, sit with this particular reference photo and remember why I picked it in the first place. Write down that feeling and intention on the back of the canvas bars (to remember later) and hopefully paint a beautiful, sexy piece that fits nicely with the male torso series I've been working on lately.

PS - I think I've got it now. Something that made me smile like the Cheshire Cat as I sat down at my easel....

For another blog on intention when creating,  see Keeping the Vision


  1. This article really hit home with me. I am not a painter, but the same philosophy applies. Understanding one's intention in any creative project, why we are moved to make a bracelet, quilt, apron, you get the idea. It has been an "ahha" moment for me. Thank you.