Postcards from the Psyche: Images from an Interior Source

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I like to think of my work as Postcards from the Psyche (Soul) as it has become increasingly apparent to me after many years of enquiry, that the impulse for its production arises from a spontaneous, subtle, interior, visionary source.

This is the place where creative currents run deep and provide a fertile setting from which golden imaginal fishes (of invention, of innovation, of clarity, of origination) rise from hidden domains in response to our proper approach, and offer a boon to our meditations. The same place where: “… the secretly perceived is made visible.” (Klee).

The stimuli that sets the creative process in motion for me has many aspects including: Meditations, ideas, feelings, memories, sensations, reflections, intuitions, dreams, sojourns in Ontario’s natural environment, photos, sketches – the accumulation of life experiences. They ultimately form a workable synthesis. This fusion presents itself to my ‘inner eye’ as an engaging image that offers a challenge to its capture in a painting.

My usual procedure is to begin with a thumbnail sketch that becomes developed in a full sized plan in which the composition and design relationships become established in outline on tracing paper in accordance with my subjective decisions. The completed plan is then transferred to the watercolour paper and the painting adventure begins.

In that I am not attempting to render a likeness of some aspect of the external objective world in front of me, my approach to the painting is usually a tentative one. Working from an internal image, the translation of that vision into a tangible form is not always clearly defined. I am required to follow the development of the work as it leads me. It becomes a series of decisions, discoveries, and adjustments that continue until the matter looks to be finished.

I do not work from a formula and because of that each engagement in image making strikes me as unique. The development of the work is usually a matter of trying to find the proper solutions to painterly problems as they arise.