I was really inspired by this post (and also that is a beautiful video posted there, watch that if you have a few minutes). It looked to me like she painted the shapes first and then went in and painted the background.
I thought that would be a great way to salvage some failed paintings. I pulled one out from January and started creating shapes by painting the white negative space. As I painted, the process reminded me a lot of March's creative unblock challenge. Instead of scissors, I was using a paintbrush but I still felt like I was cutting out shapes.
It made me think about other ways that I could turn negatives into positives. Happy accidents as Bob Ross would say. [side note: I was Bob Ross for Halloween last year.]
As I dive even deeper into these abstract paintings, I'm continuing to examine my process and the processes of other abstract painters. How do I/they determine the composition? What makes it look finished? How do I/they keep from going too far?
I'm continuing to journal some of my thoughts and feelings both about the process and just in general. It's both strange and fascinating.