In my experience you don’t need to have a brush in your hand to work on a painting, in fact most painting happens in your head when you’re NOT in front of the canvas/board.
This morning’s walk up the hill to Hampstead, to take the Boys to school, was a prime example of this.
The ‘yellow’ floral painting worked on yesterday had sat next to it’s sister ‘green’ painting all night. I’d sat in front of both and drawn a blank. It was only by walking, and focusing on anything other than the paintings, that fresh ideas bubbled into consciousness eg. a working title for the piece (Summer) Quilt.
The idea of quilt proved extraordinarily helpful in guiding my next steps. A background and canvas edges channelling crochet quilt designs, the squares and dots in blobs of vivid enamel. I’m envisaging taking the painting to decorative extremes, paint and late summer, riotous, exuberant and colourful.