These last few days distractions were more appealing to me than continuing to work on my painting of the lonely flip-flop left alone on a beach in SE Asia. I am not sure why it is such a major challenge to be creative–to make something out of nothing!? Seems as though it is so much easier to do familiar tasks: washing dishes; organizing a drawer; driving someplace, talking on the phone, etc. Nevertheless, when I finally hunkered down and began to splatter hundreds of drops of oil paint on the paper with my huge brush, I became energized and forgot about the distractions.
The drops represent the sand but I chose not to cover the entire 55″ x 55″ piece of paper with these drops as I wanted to leave some mystery lurking on the perimeter of the work. While painting, I listened to lots of Leonard Cohen!
I finished the underside of the lone rubber flip-flop and really liked the result. The colors used were those on my reference photo–blues, greens, yellows, black, brown, white, etc. I figured all these colors were there because, despite the fact the flip-flop had been tossed in the seas for what must have been a long time, colorful seaweed and other living organisms attached themselves to the sole and went on a journey with this piece of deserted trash. My imagination went along for the ride!
At the point that I stopped working in order for the oil paint to dry, I stepped back and ruefully noticed that the entire design on this large piece of paper seemed non-eventful. My eye went only to the flipflop–and that was it! Nothing more–something was missing–something was lacking.
My next blog will show you what I did to help allay the feeling of emptiness and aloneness.