I've been asked before about the words and phrases and quotes I use in my paintings. What does it say? Why did you pick that quote? What does it mean?
Most people can see/read only a small portion of the quotes and words that I actually use in making my portraits. Some are on underneath layers and others are so small and scribbled they just look like illustrations.
I thought to maybe answer a few of these I'd tell you exactly what one of my portraits says. ALL OF IT - even the illegible parts that only I know are there.
"It's Written all over your face"
"Her Heart is broken but she doesn't say that"
"Please Darling come out of your spell, cause I miss you" - Steve Moakler
"When she's happy she can't stop talking, when she's sad she doesn't say a word"
"I think and think and think. I've thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it" - Jonathan Safran Foer
"Cinderella, it's not midnight"
"Write Hard and Clear about what hurts" - Ernest Hemingway
"Hiraeth - a homesickness for a home which you can not return to; a yearning for the lost places of your past"
And "How Can a body withstand this?" from a larger quote by Ellen Bass
And one of my favorites from Elizabeth Gilbert "I think that perhaps my life has not actually been so chaotic, after all. It is merely this world that is chaotic, bringing changes to us all that nobody could have anticipated."
If you've read my first blog posts you'e probably read the words "INSPIRATION STATION" - its a little book titled Dreams and Schemes that I fill with words and photos as I find them. It's my collection for when I need a little help. How I choose what quotes and words to put on each painting is a little bit difficult to explain as I'm unsure that I fully understand it myself. I think I'd be yelled at if I said that I choose "what feels right" in a critique, but it's fairly accurate.
Normally I go into a painting with a particular feeling or emotion that I want to convey, either because I'm inspired by a particular picture or one of my collected quotes. From there, I paint and write and draw and then paint and write and draw again until I feel like it's there. Some of the words aren't important for the final product. It's as much about the product as it is about me working on the product. Some days I write words for me. And some days I write words for the audience. And, at the end, when I've decided that I'm finished working on it for the time being - we see the all the facets as a collective whole. My process, my struggle, my story, and the story that I've created for whomever chooses to look.