I stand when I paint. It helps me walk back and forth frequently so
that I try my best to simplify and stay loose with reduced shapes into
general forms rather than get lost and mired in the over-thinking of
details. Still, I occasionally find myself standing very close to the
canvas, forgetting that it should be my practice to step back
frequently, as I get lost and tangled in every centimeter and every
detail. And then I wake up and tell myself: "Step back stupid." And
that's when I get untangled as I see large, reduced, general shapes. And
I think to myself, isn't that so true with life as well? That when
things seem really weird and conflicted and insurmountable, it becomes
less so when I step back and gain a larger perspective. Yes.
I used a photo of peonies from the Internet for this work. I
sometimes got lost and had moments of crisis when I was over-thinking
everything and I thought the work was going down the drain. It's only
when I stepped back that I was able to bring it back. And I was found.