Works In Progress – Emergence of Spirit

Work In Progress - "Jicarillo Girl" ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil, gold and silver leaf on linen. 40"x60"
Work In Progress – “Jicarillo Girl” ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil, gold and silver leaf on linen. 40″x60″

Process is everything. Arriving at the destination is always so much less than the journey when it comes to creating – for me, anyhow.

The thrill is in seeing how things emerge, the spirit that comes through…or in some cases, drops back from the original concept in a piece. There is so much learning and this is what excites me about painting. It is different every day.

It’s an exciting time in the studio for me right now. Well past midnight, I surveyed the work that has been done in the studio over the past week in preparation for an upcoming show, “Ordinary Alchemy”. There are no less than fifteen large works in my small studio at various levels of completion. It’s overwhelming but I’m beginning to see some progression in the light of day.

This is a long journey, filled with great undiscovered roadstops and long stretches of boring road…ones that I feel I’ll never get through.

Checking in and posting the progressions is a good “check-in”, so thank you for indulging me while I post my process. It’s a selfish type of self-preservation and pulse-taking to ensure I’m still alive and well!

Work In Progress - "Notalq - Apache Man" ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil and silver leaf on linen. 24"x30"
Work In Progress – “Notalq – Apache Man” ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil and silver leaf on linen. 24″x30″

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