I work in so many different media, that I have to find ways to trick myself into doing some of them. I love to paint with acrylics, but rarely do these days because I am so pulled by many different processes. One way in which I get myself to paint, is to never leave paint unused.
I have a magical little girl who comes to paint with me at my studio. She loves to use lots of color, so after we meet I always use the paint she has left over to begin a new painting.
I give myself permission to do whatever,
not worry about outcome
spread the paint across the canvas impulsively
know that I can use this as a base for collage so anything goes
be thrifty- and have fun
I have begun a series of these paintings.
This is one that I just recently began and then subsquently
worked on over a series of studio sessions.
This painting kept changing from its initial impulsive, expressive beginning. I was hoping to stay completely abstract with it, but the last time I worked on it, the image of the bird and then the flower emerges. I loved each in their own way, so let them stay. I however, really respect abstract painters and wish I could stay completely abstract and free from imagery. But I really find that a challenge. Nonetheless, I like this piece and feel it is complete.
If you are an abstract painter, how do you stay committed to the non representational, I would love to hear from you.