The Yellow Field
Acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 inches
Barbara Muir © 2016True -- painting work is all about vision,
and I know some of that isn't related to
actual "vision" as in sight.
I am blessed with an eye surgeon brother-in-law
who tested my vision just before he moved
to California a year ago. I owe part of my
visual ability to him, and to Joe at Optic Zone
who picks out my glasses for me.
But I'm also talking about the other kind of vision
-- clarity, understanding -- problem solving,
That kind of vision came to me like a blast
of glorious sunlight on a dark day just
before I was in the Idea arts and crafts show
at the Super Wonder Gallery before Christmas.
And it was like something I might have
looked to the heavens for all of my artistic
life. Suddenly the voice in my head (fueled
only by coffee) was saying "Aha! I know what
the problem is with that. It's clear!"
And I revised paintings not finished at
the last go until I did like them. What a delightful
discovery! Sometimes paintings just need to
sit and wait their turn patiently for the creator
(me and you) to know how to finish the work.
Here's one of them -- I can link you to the start
and you'll see what changed. I know part of
what held me back was too much of the first
kind of "vision" -- the anchor to reality.
That can be a hindrance in creating art. What
matters is the vision of new Aha possibilities.
I think I am finally finished this one.
Have an-enjoying-your-visions day.