Working with just one brush and two colours forces me to simplify. Working from memory and limited sketches forces me to keep my intentions clearly in mind. I think it also may have the potential to turn a weakness into a strength. I hope it will make me more concise. I have a tendency to work fast and instinctively which on a bad day, can often overwhelm an idea. I think the best ideas are very timid, and I often lunge at them and scare them away. Brushes force me to be premeditative.
Working on this painting at the end of a long day printmaking reminded me of someting that my friend Rodger Worth said about direct painting - "It's like tuning in an analogue radio. You move to either side of where you want to be until you find the right place." Leaving out the sharp lines of drawing is liberating as well as scary. Brushes work in a similar way to our eyes, in flowing fields of light and colour. Perhaps for me painting is closer to looking but drawing is closer to thinking. I couldn't imagine a day without drawing so also made a couple of A3 size lithographs, drawing directly on the aluminium plate.
Was a good day, in the end. Here's the sketchbook plan for today :