Diana just came across this artist on Twitter because she followed one of Diana’s tweetsdownpatrick-iHere is her interesting website and some thoughts on her blog that seem really helpful. Enjoy!

https://lesleybirchart.wordpress.com/

 

“My mood affects the painting every day.  Some days good.  Some days bad.  Some days not so good.  I’m working on 61 x 61 cms canvases – moving from one to the other – around six in all.   I’m aware that the ‘feeling’ is important in the work.  When the ‘feeling’ kicks in, I know the painting is working, but it’s a long haul before that happens.  And I’m far too impatient.  I’ve been really taken with Nicholas Wilton’s posts about this process – about monitoring how we ‘feel’ when we make the work.  This is a key factor in creative integrity.  And it’s the exhausting part of the process.  Anyone who says we do this to relax is well wrong!  So how did I feel making the works below?  Well …  I felt excited  – in the zone, as they say, where the colours had juicily mixed down on the palette and I was responding to each and every mark.  The black stack appeared from nowhere – unplanned – a split second of a brain thought and the marks were made.  Memory and feeling together.”

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