This week is an imageless blog, as I am out of the studio minding my two little grandchildren for the week. It's a chance to observe art from another angle - my 18 month old grandson is a wonderful mixed media artist , particularly enjoying creating patterns and texture with food. Preferably as an interactive installation involving the cat, his hair and any unsuspecting victim within his considerable throwing range. i've forgotten how inportant it is to check your own hair and back before you go anywhere !
My "almost three' grandaughter , on the other hand, loves to draw - on paper, the benchtop and herself. She likes to use a limited palette, purple and pink. We settled down with her new felt pens to create a special drawing for Mum - she explained that she was going to draw flowers and butterflies. After a bit I asked her what the drawing was of. She looked at it for a while and replied "A really long line".
So there you have it - some painters have a picture in their minds before they pick up the brush, and sometimes the picture changes en route. Some artists just like to wing it and see what happesns. Me? I'm just off to wash the floor :)