Making it a Habit
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton
Painting abstracts satisfies a personal need for play, exploration, and physical expression. It’s the perfect format for me to get my head out of thinking and planning, just focusing on the process, letting the painting speak for itself. No rules, no preconceptions, just possibilities. I am free to discover with simple combinations of color and line, shapes, edges.
When I am at the canvas, my inner creative takes the helm. I begin with a loose idea. I may choose to explore a particular color relationship, or a certain type of line with specific shapes, or the contrast of soft edges with hard edges. Then each piece develops as a conversation within itself.
Abstract is not a mindless endeavor, however, it takes effort to stay present to this dialog. It can be a tricky business in that every time I lay down a line or shape, the painting reveals something new to respond to, a new set of challenges. It requires trust in my own intuitive responses, and a willingness to not-know, to not have the route laid out like a road map. And patience.
I find the back-and-forth play between spontaneous intuitive mark-making and careful deliberate intention thrilling. Every ‘success’ informs my next painting in some new exciting way.
As for meaning, I leave my paintings – these authentic, personal extensions of my being – open to interpretation by the viewer.