“A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.” -Astrid Lindgren
I’ve been (re)reading Frank Baum’s books – I recently downloaded on my kindle, The Complete Oz Collection for 99 cents. Fabulous stories and not just for children. I did read them as a kid, but I’m really enjoying reading them again. And I am certain this painting was influenced by Baum’s writings.
My paintings often evolve from a process of working quite intuitively relying on memory. I don’t sketch or work from photos. This allows me to paint in abstract ways and this helps me to suggest the story instead of really describing it in detail.
Most of my paintings start by completely covering the surface with color, rubbing some color out, adding new colors, sanding and then repeating the process several times. Then I begin to search for the suggestions made by the paint. This is often like bringing a lost memory to life, elusive at first and always surprising to see what emerges from my sub-conscious. And I do believe Mr. Frank Baum is helping me uncover some old memories.
Way before the movie, Toy Story, one of my favorite things to do when I was little was to create a scene with all of my stuffed animals right before bedtime. After I fell asleep, I would dream about them coming to life. I just knew they each had an exciting life without my help and only hoped they spoke well of me and my care when I was sleeping. Don’t you think all kids believe that at some point in their young lives? Too bad we lose so much of our imagination as we learn more about the world and our perceived reality. Reading helps me remember that there just may be more possibilities than we are taught in school.
“Joy is an instrument – it comes from a place of living life authentically.” -Tres Taylor