“I think I’m painting a picture of two women but it may turn out to be a landscape.”
-William de Kooning
Painting intuitively means that I never really know how it is going to turn out. Often during the process of painting, I turn the canvas over, or take a completely different direction half-way through the painting. I’m used to this process and it doesn’t surprise me in the least, I’ve been painting this way for six years.
But I have been surprised recently by a big change in the way that my paintings look. My style has changed, dramatically. I am not able to paint the way I used to at all. My eyes are seeing things differently and there aren’t any eyes in my paintings any more.
I’m looking at some of the paintings that I have lying around my studio now, and feeling an urge to change them, to do them over to fit with how I’m feeling and seeing now. So I’m embarking on a course of action that I am calling The Do-Over Project.
I have begun to “do-over” some older paintings. Here is the first one that I have completed.
Mother Nature was an experiment. I was given an old frame and print on canvas by my parents, and I painted directly onto the canvas and frame. It was the centre piece of my first solo exhibition in Stanford in 2016.
It didn’t sell. For the past two years it has been gathering dust in my studio, and then…
Update (April 2019): I’ve completed a second do-over painting. It was called The Four Faced Beast and I painted it during a difficult emotional time.
Read more about this dark painting and what the symbolism means on Kassi Martin’s website. Kassi is an intuitive artist and counsellor who believes that our art teaches us what we need to know about ourselves.
I decided to paint over this painting after I had learned what I needed to from it. I turned it on its side and it became an abstract landscape about the experience of living in Stanford village.
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