Once Upon a Time . . .

“We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.” Phillip Pullman

In my journey with my Mentor I threw this into the mix.  I have begun this painting on birch back in Feb and it has been sitting and waiting to come to life. The back and forth had to do with just glazing and leaving this pale, or somehow finding a half way point with it. I only knew I did not want to cover the birch.

I sent the image to the Mentor, which I can share here, it is Stanka Kordic.   She is a gifted American Painter that I have followed for years watching her break free of the tightness of portraiture.  As I debated my large decision, (If I was even going to keep painting), I prayed about it and applied and was accepted.  She knows this is a huge thing for me to find new tools and to enjoy my journey painting. I was ready to walk away.  The spark has been flamed and I am developing new approaches and I can't say skill sets, but I am learning more about choices, both mentally and physically as I work. 

The next few blogs will show the process which is still brand new to me, but with time and practice I will take it and hone it to be part of my process.  Stanka paints people.  Here is a link to her website. http://www.stankakordic.com/

Right now I am still at the beginning of this process. Slow steps are the best steps and what comes is always an eye opener and the journey is captivating. 

"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners," Isaiah 61:1