The Wave, 36″ x 36″, Acrylic and paper on panel
Let me introduce you to the Wave. She started as a favorite photograph, then turned into a rough underpainting in January. A few weeks later, she started moving seriously towards her destiny: a series of collaged pieces of painted Japanese papers. But somewhere along the way, she got stalled. She wasn’t quite done and I had no idea what to do to get her across the finish line. I put her up on an easel in the back of the studio to give her a cooling off period. Time passed and I was stuck.
Finally, I had had enough. It was time to finish her. I put her back on my working table, asked her what she needed and got quiet, waiting for the answer. Suddenly, inspiration tapped me on the shoulder and 30 minutes later, I was done. Woo hoo! I was amazed at how just changing my frame of mind from ‘I don’t know where to take this painting’ to ‘I have the answer, I just have to wait for it’ allowed me to move this piece forward. The Little Engine That Could was on to something!
The Wave is not only done, she has a new home: in the offices of McClain Insurance Services in Everett, WA. Claudia McClain, whom I met professionally during my Safeco days and is now my insurance agent, is the proud owner. It was so much fun taking the Wave to Everett and delivering her to Claudia’s office. Happy client, happy artwork, happy artist.