Pat's response -
1. The inspiration for this piece was the suggested image of a woman's face, specifically the right eye, which appeared in the randomly created collage surface. The eye had depth and beauty, and demanded a face to go with it. I drew in the face, painted it and disliked it. It was put aside for months, then I brought it out and added more color. Immediately it looked better, and felt like a princess in a tower. As a lover of fantasy and fairy tales, I painted in jewels, and swirls added magic to her transformation. I decided on a luna moth, a favorite of mine, for her companion.
2. When I have run into a wall with a painting, I sometimes cover the mess with rice paper and new paint. I apply it randomly and look to the muse to give me some luck!
When it is dry I turn it in four directions and squint at the work, gaze at it across the room occasionally, and wait for an image to suggest itself.
Some of my paintings have three or more layers as I keep covering till I "see" an image to work with.
I am fortunate in this way; it usually does happen, and when it does I grab a pencil or bit of white conte crayon and sketch in the image. The closer I stay to the suggested shapes, the better the painting turns out. I imagine that is my muses way of telling me to listen to her!
Pat documented the whoie creative process of this piece in an album
watercolor, collage, and mixed media. Her interests in nature and its spirit are a strong influence in her work.