This week I had the pleasure of finishing a couple of paintings and working on another one. The painting of my niece is still in process.
But, as I said last time, I am looking to broaden my technique and start painting more abstractly.
I have always wanted to explore abstract painting, but I wanted to learn how to paint realistically first. Painting realistically involved learning how to really see. It is so common in life to look at things but not really see them. When you’re trying to reproduce something from life, or a picture, onto canvas, however, you must learn to visually process as much information as humanly possible. Now, I’m finding that painting abstractly involves a different kind of seeing.
To paint abstractly, I’ve had to try to interpret and translate emotions and states of being – as well as physical reality – into abstract images. To do this, I’ve had to go beyond seeing with my eyes. I’ve had to learn how to “see” with my feelings. I’ve had to go within and discover how to translate those emotions into images. The result has been interesting and fun.
I need a lot more practice, but I feel like I’m well on my way to new forms of expression!
Have a great week,