From Learning by Heart by Corita Kent and Jan Steward
When I am teaching I have a 9x12 canvas available to students. I use it to demonstrate techniques and students can use it to practice something they are nervous to try on their own painting. Multiple students and multiple palettes are combined. I call this experimenting canvas a ‘Source Canvas’. When it is full I take the experimentation of all the students and pull it into a painting.
The energy and desire of the many people who have shared my studio space and believed I had something to offer them becomes a Source for me.
This little painting is a Source painting which I’ve titled Her Forgotten Teacup.
The little Source canvasses are exciting and sometimes challenging to work with. Sometimes as they are filling up with paint, before they are “done and ready for working” I will see a bit of magic in them – something I don’t want to lose – and I will catch myself feeling proscriptive as I hand the canvas to a student. These little canvasses mirror life. Things happen. Sometimes events just feel like a big jumble with random occurrences and unexpected smack downs. Sometimes life events resemble a splotch of an ugly incongruent hue smack dab in the middle of a canvas that was glowing with light, and I recoil. I thunder against it. I create a running dialogue in my mind of why this particular thing should not have happened and who’s to blame this time. Eventually, I turn to look again and like with the little source canvasses; I start to see the bigger picture. I bring in the light and make it sing.
I wonder if everything is a Source?