There is always that moment when I face a blank canvas and wonder what will emerge. I always have a plan, but as I start to paint, the work seems to take on a life of its own and seldom turns out exactly as I had envisioned it. Whatever ideas and thoughts and happenings are swirling through my head seem to jumble into the work. Madeleine L’Engle asserts that the task of the true artist is to represent through their art the cosmos found within the chaos, rather than to merely reproduce the chaos they see.
That idea seems to fit the woman that began to emerge on my canvas.
The peaceful result in the midst of a tumult of colors and texture appealed to my preference for calm among a busy and noisy life. Peace in the chaos.
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