Maybe you have skimmed the art and formed a first impression. Maybe you have attached some descriptive words to the art. Attaching words to my art is a challenge for me. Giving the art a title for example, or answering questions about what I was thinking when I was painting can be challenging because the language of visual art is the art. The viewer’s inquiry is part of the success of the painting. Representational paintings are objective in nature and replicate something the viewer can readily see and respond “Aha! That looks exactly like an apple!” The artist is translating something they see outwardly on their canvas. Abstract art is made by the artist looking inward for inspiration and allowing each mark to direct what comes next. Suddenly there is something that exists for all to see that did not exist a short while before! There are principals that hold true for all types of work like form, composition, color, and value. A basic understanding of these things is necessary to make good art. I use these guidelines to create as well as evaluate the work I make. You can also use these principals in evaluating abstract art if you are not sure what to look for.
What makes great art? There are a lot of opinions on that. I am constantly in pursuit of creating the always elusive great painting. I may never paint it. How depressing is that? The best I can do is take the knowledge and experience that I collect along my artists journey and allow it to intertwine with my art instinct. Ethereal, I know.
I paint because it allows me to express what is inside and around me in a way that words do not. I love words! I love to read and truly get excited by others ability to eloquently state the human experience in a way that is instantly relatable. Writing is a creative gift! I paint because I am a visual and tactile person who likes to get her hands dirty and create! I put my hands directly in every painting. I paint because each painting is an adventure and an exploration. While making things on a daily basis one develops a relationship with the materials and the subtleties of the process. Like a writer, I also strive to create an experience that is relatable. Does viewing a painting elicit an emotion in you?
What is my hope for my painting practice? To continually learn and express myself visually in a way that (some) people can relate too. I will paint regardless because it gives my life meaning and interest, but it is so gratifying for a person to look at my work and feel something, anything! Aesthetic pleasure, fascination, mystery, disdain, or interest. Do you want to explore the work further? I consider that a successful painting! I strive to make people look at whats been created and wonder how did she do that? Where does that come from? How do I feel in response to it?
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