details of finished paintings in a current series.
a paint swell is coming on.
for me, that means a lot of painting ideas hit me at once. and it means i have a deep desire to turn off everything around me and stay inside the studio for a long time, without interruption or responsibilities. it pulls at me while i do other important things during the day and makes me want to abandon everything else.
i call them swells, because they come at me, like the ocean. like waves from nowhere.
a swell, in terms of an ocean or body of water, is a series of surface gravity waves that is not generated by local wind or environment. they come in a rhythm, based upon their own velocity and speed.
so painting ideas comes to me like this. they move in fast and i try to capture them, in a note or a thumbnail sketch. i have a little black book that i carry around and i use one of my favorite architectural pens to draw a tiny thumbnail, much like i would when designing a small spatial moment in a building.
i scribble notes about the size of the canvas, or the overall form and the rest is really a mystery.
everything else begins later when the paintings start talking.
new page in the sketchbook.