The act of letting the paint play is a constant movement and variation. Most importantly, it's a search for visual rhythm. I am mainly inspired by nature - how it grows, how it changes, how it functions. What feelings are evoked by different environments?
When I begin by mixing the colors, each one informs the next. On canvas, the colors play off of each other. I am guided by their reactions. It is a meditation of rhythm and focus, based on the moment rather than a map.
I am also an author currently writing a book on comparative religion in ancient civilizations. My memoir No End Of The Bed is currently available, and you can read my blog at www.laurenjbarnhart.com where I expound on art, religion, books, feminism, and family.