Riding the B-line

What have I been working on? Basically I have been working on a few ‘big’ works. The blue-and-gold fantasy for instance, a project of my XP20 group; 90 x 90 cm acrylics. And then there is the side line. Plan B. What you do next to the big works.

Here are numbers three and four of my watercolor and whatever compositions:

The Story
These works grow by themselves, more or less. I have 8 or 10 more of them. The strange thing is, they come in groups. As if I were going through different little periods. Sometimes when I don’t like what is coming out, I try to do it like in the series before, but it’s difficult.

Unconscious Mind
Here’s what happens on the B-line. Or rather what doesn’t happen. I don’t worry about a thing. Sure, I am working on important pieces. But not now. This is not really important. It’s extra. It’s a spin off. It’s no problem if it doesn’t work. I can simply tear it up if I don’t like it. I actually do that. Even if the work has gone through many iterations, it it ‘stalls’ for too long I tear it up. Given all that, ‘riding the B-line’ makes for a lot of unconscious action. It’s all coming straight from the unconscious mind, while the conscious mind watches with mild interest.

In Pieces
Another thing that has happened on the B-line is recycling. I tore up a piece and then I felt bad about throwing it out. I know, that’s not very consistent, but there you have it. So then I took some torn off pieces and glued them to other works. That worked really well. I could quickly try out different compositions by moving the extra parts. And then all I had to do was glue them in and put them in a press overnight. They immediately had the right color, because they were painted already… And so a whole new series started.

Here they are, the first series of 8. They look a lot darker in the photograph…

About the Author JAAPH

JAAPH is an expressionist painter living in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.