As we discussed how we chose our subject matter, we chatted about is why it is so important to seek out the marks and ideas that we each find fascinating as opposed to painting what is trending. There is deep resonance in a subject matter that connects to our core, even while we are developing what our own version of beautiful is. That beautiful takes time. I was late to the party, as a self taught artist, and began painting in my 30's. For years I painted anything and everything that made me happy and with every stroke it brought me closer to what my version of pretty, or beautiful, or compelling was.
Today, I have a strong understanding of how I view the world and what fascinates me. Much of this feeds my creativity and finds a home in what and who I paint. If you look closely you get a sense of fracturedness, oddity, costumery, and a love of the unexpected as well as an intense love of color. These combine in a perfect storm of eclectic lushness....or what I like to call, "eclushtic." Teaching other artists to seek out these types of ideas is a pleasure because in my heart I get that it helps them move closer to their beautiful as well.
Painting strong takes a lot of practice and time for our visual languages to develop. Breathe...paint...ponder....paint...seek....observe...paint...ponder
and day by day your beautiful will emerge.
This painting, "Let Us Go Then, You And I" is the piece I began during the workshop as an abstract and flipped to figurative using the elements I love and adore. The balance between abstraction and figure as well as narrative is delicious here and I adore so much how the final piece turned out.