There are days when I paint and have absolutely no idea where the image come from. Actually, I generally feel that way but some days I might have some inspiration, some thought of painting a landscape or an object in my home, for instance. Some days things seem to go “right” from the beginning. Often (usually) there is a point in the middle where I start to panic. Sometimes I just decide to start over. This was almost one of those days. Almost.
After I put in the initial washes and let them mix a bit I just hated everything and decided to start over. I got as far as removing this sheet from the watercolor block and drawing my template circle onto the next clean sheet. But this original painting kept attracting my attention. It looked like a dragon’s eye.
Writer Anne Lamott says there are four Great Prayers: “Help”, “Thanks!”, “Wow!”, and “Fine, whatever”.
Repeating the fourth Great Prayer to myself, I took back the discarded painting and asked it what it wanted to become. This is where we ended up. Not where I’d intended and not someplace I’d ever imagined when I sat down.
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