According to the Merriam Webster Idioms Dictionary, the term “flight of fancy” has been used since the 1600s. It means, of course, an unrealistic idea or fantastic notion, a pipe dream, or very impractical idea. The flight is one of the imagination.
I’ve always enjoyed soaring off on flights of fancy. Art, I’ve discovered, is a wonderful starting point, and after wrestling with the devil in a detailed acrylic painting, I was ready for something a little more free-spirited.
This abstract acrylic, however, involved a certain amount of planning. I knew what I wanted to do, and I had vague ideas about how I would do it. Whether or not I succeeded remains to be seen.
Parts of it I like. Other parts I think could have been done differently. Overall, I’m not sure how I really feel about this painting. It was a pleasure to paint because I could let my imagination soar even while I sought to express specific ideas and concepts. In the end, though, I’m disappointed with the results.
I hope you’ll take a moment to look at this abstract work and share your thoughts. In that way I can know if any of my ideas and emotions came through as part of the painting.