I was angry when I created “Y”. Something had me fuming and the result was an explosion in my Moleskine sketchbook. I experienced a strong burst of energy and an urge to work fast. I had no patience for details such as using the correct brush or waiting for paint to dry. I dove right in, grabbing whatever I could and attacked the journal with a vengeance. I used my fingers mostly, and the back sides of pencils to carve spirals and the word “why” into the gel medium that was laid down as my base layer.
The act of tossing paint at the pages seemed to help release my anger and I was beginning to feel relieved. As I worked, the image started to move downward and to the right as if it were declining. My plan was to place an illustration of the letter “Y” onto the page, but when I looked at the image, I realized the letter was already there, exhausted and lying on its side.
I have never created art from anger before, so this was a real surprise. Next time I feel angry, I’ll be sure to open up a sketchbook and let ‘er rip. It was fun.