I think I may be trying to challenge my need for systems, traditions, orders, and beliefs that categorize. To help me understand the organic whole and defy the predictable, I try to keep in mind, when writing and when painting, the six intrinsic shapes of nature: the oval, the wave, the meander, the honeycomb, the branch, the spiral (yes, I know, yet another set of controls . . . yet if I have these forms in mind when approaching paper or canvas, I might note a moment in passing, save a shadow, find a clarity).
In both writing and painting, my purpose is to take joy in the moment, merge with the medium while knowing each piece holds the past as well as possibility for a new beginning, all an intricate and delicate dance . . .