Read about ... The Fantastic Flowers (3)
These paintings are very special to me. I like them because they satisfy a need in me to paint big, in contrast to the Heartland Watercolours, the biggest of which are 16" x 12" in the original. What I like about the Heartlands is that they have the potential to contain a lot of detail even if that detail is simply pattern. I love detail. But I also love the sweeping freedom I feel when drawing petals that are 8" or 10" long, with a phial full of vibrant liquid colour. I love the potential for accidents that work perfectly or test me to make them work. I love the instantaneous decision that my hand or my brain makes to swoosh the ink in the right direction, and I love finding the marks I need in order to balance out the design if I got it wrong.
When I worked in a busy office, I remember being told by my boss about an efficiency method where you only pick up a piece of paper once. Meaning, for example, you get your post in the morning, you read each piece and, instead of putting them all in a pile to look at again later (or putting them in a pile that's been stacking up for three months and you've never got past the really urgent ones), you deal with each one as you read it - you make the phone call, or you decide what you need to do to solve the problem, or you talk to your boss, or you get the answer drafted ... and so on. I might be wrong, but I think it might have been called 'one-touch' something or other. Of course, I could never even dream of mastering it.
But the funny thing is, now I'm doing these paintings, I have that phrase in my mind a lot. One of the underlying aims in many of these paintings is to create art, to create something beautiful or interesting in my view, while making the least possible number of marks or the least possible effort - not being lackadaisical or complacent, as this might suggest, but being always conscientious and ambitious about what I'm trying to achieve. So I'm calling it 'one-touch painting'. There might be something called that already for all I know, but this is my version. And when I complete my first one in true 'one-touch' fashion, I'll let you know!