Like the other drawings that I'm now doing, I didn't think about "what I wanted." I know that pre-planning is important in many instances, but Father God is taking me on a journey of discovery and planning inhibits that discovery process. What we're after is connection between spiritual experience and the drawing board. It's something that I've wanted for years.
This is how Father and I began this journey in the first place. I had a powerful desire for connection between life experience and the art that we make together. These drawings are the first step into that reality. You see, I agree with those who say that the role of the artist is to visit the unknown and bring back something that can be shared with other people. That something which was experienced in the unknown, what I call the Creative Slipstream (Table of Making, Lew Curtiss, Amazon Books), is what I bring back and realize as a piece of visual art.
The other thing about this work is that I do not impose any kind of story or meaning on the work. Each viewer brings to their own encounter whatever is on their heart. They're invited to connect with the artwork in their own way, on their own terms. It's deeply personal.
In this piece all I had was a notion to place the portrait on the left in a three-quarter reveal. What was going to eventually end up on the rest of the page was a future unknown element. I no longer worry about it.
This is, for me, artwork made in the same way that I do Morning Pages (The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron) each day. I don't think about what it is that I am going to write. I just become connected to my stream of consciousness - just as I am doing right here, right now - and words flow out of my fingers onto the digital page. It's the same way with these drawings. They're stream of consciousness works and in that way, they're journeys into the Creative Slipstream.
Thanks for listening,
~ Lew ~