before…(after is probably nearer than I think)

Sometimes I feel like, well, in the case of me and my art-making, that painting is a little like constructing a sentence.  The piece needs a subject…without a subject, well, you don’t really have anything….  That’s because, from my perspective, I work with a subject in mind….but, I’m painting along and suddenly I’ve come to realize that I do not know what the subject is here….it’s just too ambiguous I think.  And, there.  I’ve said nothing as well.

waiting for ideas to gel….

Roaming around the studio, staring at walls where my recent favorites are hung, sketching away…all the things I do before filling my palette with fresh paint and starting anew.  Sometimes the process goes rather quickly and other times I try to recapture the reason that I painted one thing or another for inspiration – for instance, this piece.  It’s not stacked away, it’s in my face everyday, hanging there, boldly announcing its presence!  In the mean time, I guess I’ll just add one more coat of gesso to that blank canvas on the easel….waiting for me to be inspired!

Dana Doran_Pieta Last Supper

Pieta (The Last Supper), 2015, oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″