Do You Know Where You’re Going?

You will when you get there…

???????????????????????????????“Elegant Languish”, a new painting by Laureen Marchand (oil/board, 8″ x 8″, $435 unframed)

It’s supposed to be cautionary: “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” Set a direction. Make plans. Mark milestones. Always know where you are. Otherwise, you won’t get anyplace at all.

But is it even true? Is this one of those sayings we think has meaning because it exists? Or is lost the only way we get found?

This fall I had an idea about the relationships between colours and the meaning of brushstrokes. And another about being an artist full time. One long series of artworks ended for me in the spring and another hasn’t quite presented itself yet. Because of a little pension income luck, I have some time to go exploring. There isn’t exactly a clear map. But I have no doubt that when I find what I’m looking for, I’ll know.

What makes me so sure? Because it’s this much fun.

 It isn’t that I’m playing with materials, or messing with paints. I’m at work. Concentration is required, and suspension of disbelief. I’m paying hard attention. If I finish a painting, or don’t, no one else cares. And though I stand at my easel for hours and my legs hurt, I’m smiling.

This process, this faith, it’s a road in itself. And the road will create its own destination. As will the road after that. I can see them rolling out in front of me, one half hour at a time. To follow the road I’m making as I go – that’s discovery. And it’s joy.

Artists explore. Like all explorers, we don’t know for sure where we’re headed. We might discover India, as we expected, or discover an entirely new continent, which we didn’t expect at all. The joy is in the exploring.

 Go and get lost. You’ll know.

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The painting above, part of the road I’m on, is for sale, taxes and shipping extra as applicable. If you’d like more information, drop me a line using the contact tab in the navigation bar. I’ll get right back to you.

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4 Responses to Do You Know Where You’re Going?

  1. Marilyn November 27, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    You are not only an extraordinary Painter but an exquisite writer.
    Keep them coming.

    • Laureen November 27, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

      Wow – what lovely things to hear! Thank you for being in this process with me.

  2. Petrea Tomko November 28, 2014 at 5:49 am #

    Yes, Laureen, I echo Marilyn’s comments. This blog post is my favorite so far. Your words are exactly the encouragement I need at the moment, and what you describe is my goal. Ironic, isn’t it? That what I want my life to reflect is the joy in the discovery – you’ve helped me articulate THAT as my goal. Thank you for those words, and thank you for the beauty in that painting – it so reflects joy – sublimely.

  3. Laureen November 28, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    What an exciting discovery and naming of it for you – I’m excited on your behalf! Go get ’em 🙂