When I left the studio yesterday I wasn’t happy with the way this painting was going. It wasn’t making any sense. Over the past year or two I’d slap in a rose once in a while, meaning to get back to it later. What bothered me was that all the roses were in a “head-on” position, like you’re looking straight down on them. How to make a painting out of that?
This is how it looked at the end of the day yesterday. What could I do with this thing? What would make sense? I sat and meditated last night, using the Silva Method of Mind Control to try to come up with a solution. Now I’m sure you must think I’m mad! But it’s a legitmate way to come up with creative solutions to problems. Years ago Ford Motor Company paid for me to take a workshop in it. I’m sure they felt that it would be helpful for employees to be able to come up with new solutions to problems. So last night I sat and meditated, assuring myself that I would find a great solution in the morning.
As soon as I walked into the studio today – BAM! – I saw what to do: add a cat or two, like you’re looking down at the cats tip-toeing among the roses! First, I wiped off one of the roses as best as I could:
In its place I blocked in a cat’s face. This kitty is my Siamese, little Bernie Sanders. Note the cocky attitude!
Then I “mooshed in” another cat, Picasso. And a butterfly. Finally, I gave the whole background a wash of green – just for the heck of it. It’s not done yet, but I have ideas.…..