As a creative I try to keep pushing myself
Some of you might know, that yours truly, used to turn wood on a lathe many moons ago. Back then, we wood turners would make bowls, bottle stoppers and such. But even then I knew, that I liked color – A LOT of color. Which is probably why, when I started painting I just couldn’t get enough color in my life. When you’re working with wood, there’s NOT a lot of color. You have light brown, brown, red, tan, etc. Not surprisingly, in the last few years of my wood-turning career, I was carving, painting and dyeing the wood. Guess, I should have known then, that it was only a matter of time before I would make the leap to painting.
All these colors!
When I began painting ALL THESE COLORS fascinated me (remember I came from the world of brown wood). I really expected to grow out of that phase. Here’s one of my earlier colorful paintings, Mr. McGinnis, that just shipped to the U.K.. I love, LOVE these beautiful bright colors, they just make you feel so happy.
Brightening the world with color
If you’ve followed along with me on this blog, you’ve noticed that my love of color hasn’t diminished. In fact, I push myself everyday to find intriguing color combinations that brighten the world. I can remember being taught in school that bright colors, or LOUD paintings were amateur, but times have changed. I love bright colors, makes me feel alive. And based on my experiences this year, I’m not alone, a happy balance can be had. And I will keep pushing myself to strike that balance.
Maybe that’s why I love abstract art?
Perhaps the reason I love creating abstract art is that you CAN use these vivid colors! Working intuitively my aim is to create an emotion on canvas, much like a writer uses words. Some days I get in the studio with a well thought out idea and it fails miserably. Other times I come in the studio not knowing WHAT the hell I’m about to do. But when I follow my gut, oftentimes a painting will come together so effortlessly, it’s almost like magic. Like Wayne Dyer used to say, when you’re inspired, you’re in-spirit. Long ago, probably the most important advice I received was: don’t wait for inspiration to ‘hit you’, create everyday if you can, even when you don’t feel particularly inspired. You know, they were right, those ‘practice’ days are sometimes the best days!
Wishing you all the best days filled with lots of love,