Helen Frankenthaler says “A really good picture looks as if it’s happened at once. It’s an immediate image”.
The moments when your head and heart synchronise to produce such a work come when you are not looking. Just as you are caught by an unexpectedly beautiful image as you turn a corner and have left your camera at home. It may be that the image has always been there and it’s only the synchronicity of head and heart that allows you to see it on this occasion.
Shadows, light and fleeting moments as well as chance and balance play a big part in how the work develops and the possibility of something ‘just happening’ as I follow my pencil or brush brings me to a place, in the end, where I stand back to look at the work and ask: ‘Did I make a beautiful picture’?