Here we go! I haven't painted much over the past year. Lots of excuses - no real justification. Fear, mainly. I've been quite successful. What if I've "lost it"?!! Time to get my butttttt in the chair - actually, I can't paint in a chair - have to be standing up. Need room to move!
So, back to basics. Play with mark-making and gesture - MY gestures.
Here are two starts. The first was so pretty and safe I couldn't do anything to it, so I needed to do more - push the composition beyond "cruciform"; get down and dirty!
The next one pushes composition beyond "safe", but it's difficult not to do what needs to be done to make it "safe"!