I'm feeling that itch to paint again and it's rather strong. I've been thinking alot about what painting is to me, or rather what I hope to accomplish with it, well, maybe both. Whatever the case, I am not really interested in realism, that much is certain. I think this is in part why I don't typically do underpaintings. I find that there is something lifeless about paintings that attempt to convey realism. They somehow seem unbearably flat and uninteresting. If I want realism, I'll snap a picture.
What I'm after with paint is the essence of something, the rough, random beautiful ugliness that a camera can't capture. I'm after the abstract, emotional color of life laid down in globs and chunks and splatters. I don't care if areas of previous layers rise above the surface, covered in subsequent colors. In fact, I want them to. I want some part of the process of stumbling my way through a piece to be evident in the end result, like scars accumulated along the way.
This I believe, is the honesty that I hope for in my painting. The raw, unabashed truth of how any particular piece comes to be, or how I worked through it. After all, I paint to express the things that I have no words to convey. I paint to explore the deepest parts of my self. I paint in order to know myself.