In honour of today's summer solstice, I'm sharing a little bit of my upcoming series, “Labyrinthos”. "Portal", the first image in the series, is almost finished. If I can compare the process to doing a renovation, the construction is complete, the walls are painted, I've got the big furniture pieces in, and now it's down to adding the right accessories and turning on the lamps, to make it all come together.
“Portal” has been one of those images that progressed at a much slower pace than I like. My vision for it just didn't coalesce right away. It changed a number of times before it even really got started. It seemed so simple to me in the beginning, perhaps because at that point in time I didn't think it was going to be as important an image as the ones following it. I thought it was a quick introduction. But apparently I was mistaken. If you've read my blog post on my personal muses, you'll understand that they had other plans for the painting. Who am I to get in the way?! On top of my initial dithering about what it should look like, the process kept getting interrupted. I had to put it aside repeatedly to meet commitments I had to other people and organizations. I'd lose momentum from that and so I'd try to get back in the flow by working a bit on quick abstracts before sitting back down to the big job.
While that sounds frustrating … and yes, it was … I think it may have been helpful as well. Because while I couldn't work on it, I continued to work on it. What I mean by that is, even when I'm not sitting at the table painting, I'm still running the image over in my mind. I'm telling myself the story behind it; I'm working out issues that I think might be problematic. I'm seeing more and more details, not just of this image but of the images that will connect to and follow it. I know more about where this image is leading now, after having months with it rather than weeks. I know more about the story of the series after being kept from regularly working on the painting.
Without revealing too much, Labyrinthos is the story of the labyrinth – not a labyrinth you walk in a sanctuary; not the famous mythological labyrinth of Theseus, Ariadne, and the Minotaur – although in essence it is those as well. It is the labyrinth at the center of ourselves – uniquely personal and universal, all at the same time. “Portal” is the entry point ... and it's almost time to enter!