The other morning when I was baking muffins for my artist friend Marney-Rose Edge,
http://www.marneyroseedge.com/artist, using approximate measures of the ingredients, such as a more generous amount of blueberries and more yogurt, I thought of the scientific aspect of baking and cooking versus my painting process.
In order for the muffins to turn out, the correct amount of flour, baking powder, eggs etc. need to be used or they flop.
The gambler in me never uses the specified amount of ingredients when cooking. I’m always testing to see how the dishes turn out by approximating the ingredients.
However, the muffins and dinners usually turn out fine, just a little different each time.
At the time of baking the muffins, I thought about this incongruity; how precisely I measure the composition and place the masking tape on my abstract canvasses, right down to 1/8 of an inch (1/5 of a cm), checking and rechecking the line and angle to see if it works.
It should be the other way around. The baking should be measured accurately as it is a scientific and chemical process. The painting should be more expressive, like Jackson Pollock’s work, http://www.jacksonpollock.com/.
Hmmm, what does that say about my working process?