Abstract art is a departure from reality. As a contemporary abstract artist, I focus on my inner child to create a visual language on painted canvases. If I could easily write my feelings, I wouldn’t be painting. Abstract art doesn’t have to depict anything in the natural world which is liberating, especially since I know I can’t compete with the beauty of nature.
ART AND EMOTIONS
Walking into an art museum or gallery gives me a feeling of breathlessness. To be surrounded by paintings and sculptures in spacious rooms is as exciting as riding a ten foot wave on a surfboard. The first time I remember being overwhelmed by art was at age 10 while sitting in a room of Mark Rothko’s expressive paintings at the Art Institute in Chicago.
Children are naturally creative. At some point during my childhood I lost confidence and stopped creating. I didn’t start painting until I was 27. Though thrilled with a new baby, I needed a way to release excessive energy. A friend convinced me to paint on some of her canvases. That was over 40 years ago.
The first thing I learned was to release fear. I couldn’t worry about how much paint I was wasting. I had to give up the fear of making mistakes. I learned I could scrape off or turpentine away anything I added to the canvas. I gave up worrying about making a mess. Looking for praise or validation was a waste of time. I had to give up my fear of not measuring up to thousands of artists I loved. Art resonated for me which is why I continue to draw and paint today.
Painting, for me is not just about “being in the mood”. It is a discipline and requires a set schedule. I am in the business of art. Going to my art studio is like going to the office.
Working as an artist includes building stretchers, stretching and priming canvases, photographing finished paintings to add jpegs in a database, wrapping and packaging consigned paintings to ship out; and marketing. Working daily includes time in the office on the computer, creating and updating my website, researching art galleries and consultants who are open to new artists and social networking on the internet. An artist friend once told me the fun part of being an artist is only about 40% of what you do.