My dreams have been filled with puzzle piece motifs. When I awoke this morning to a cool, bug-free, low-humidity Maryland morning along the Wicomico River, I brought my coffee to my room upstairs that opens to a lovely deck with a great view. In one direction I see the river, in another I see the quaint town of Whitehaven, in a third direction I see the meadow and the driveway that leads to my friends’ house. Long before the current house was built, when Dave and Anita lived in the shack, I began painting Anita’s meadow.
Originally, they let the meadow grow wild. The grasses glowed in the sunlight and danced in the breezes. Now it is mowed, capturing shadows rather than the glitter of grasses. I chose the third vantage point to test the understanding of puzzle piece motifs that had come to me in my dreams. As I tell my students …. flexibility is the key to growth.
I am more of an intuitive painter than a structured painter. Just as I had to go back to the science of light waves to understand how to manipulate and play with color, I must return to the basic understructure of plein air paintings to move to the next level of working from reality…. such a challenge for me.
By zooming in and zooming out, as well as choosing different puzzle piece divisions, I came up with six different painting motifs from sitting in the same spot on the upstairs deck. Thanks to my “dream paintings” I was free to alter shapes and values to design my puzzle pieces.
I ask myself …”What am I focused on?” …. and that’s what I focus on. Sounds simple. I have a tendency to get distracted….. it’s not as simple as I would like it to be. However, I am finally finding it easier to do.