Exploring new frontiers of painting, experimenting with abstraction, I’ve had fun flinging color around, and finding some happy accidents. But a sense of style and direction that’s my own is still elusive.
What’s great is I can always create stormy chaos of color and shape. The theme of Wildness is compelling, but maybe not enough to build a body of work? I think I’m feeling lost with purely abstract compositions.
I’ve tried on various styles and methods from my online teachers. Sometimes I get interesting results…. but do I like it? Does it intrigue me? Make me want to do more?
The painting below was first a fun mess of color, line, shape and texture. Then taking a page from Nicholas Wilton I unified the entire thing with a white overlay, just leaving my very favorite bits of the underlayer peep through. That felt too blank, so I hit it with some transparent aqua blue. Due to the rich texture of what came before, that looks pretty cool.
Is it ‘mine?’ Should I pursue this avenue? This is proving to be the next big challenge: Which rabbit hole to plunge into? How do I choose? Am I just chasing the next furry object that darts by?
Here are some of the possible directions:
- Wildness unified by overlayer, revealing worlds below (above)
- Elemental mystery compositions where shamanic creatures appear
- Post Industrial abstracted landscapes; the cement river, the dead mills
- Tree and/or Rock forms
- Pure formal abstraction