Friday, October 30, 2009
I started painting again this month.
In late September, after a long hiatus from painting due to having a baby, moving three times and general life stuff, I picked up a paintbrush. I saw a friend's work up in a local venue and it really inspired me. I thought for days what the appropriate come back would be. I wanted to start an endless series to exercise my artistic muscles. I've focused on portraiture for most of my work with splashes of abstracts, landscape, flowers and trees and I'm happy enough with where I can go with that. However, it always feels like I'm doing it for some-one- and I wanted to let go of that a little.
A little background; I'm the type of painter/artist that has often scrutinized myself into believing that abstract paintings are not really "painting" and therefor it was not a talent in my mind. So for many years I focused on perfecting other areas of painting, people being my primary focus.
Little did I know what I was missing out on! Abstract painting is a deep subconscious response to natural motions, shape, light, color and feelings. All which live inside of me and make me who I am. These images, feelings and ideas have been with me since I was a small child. I remember some of them like dreams and see them in my work! I'm getting ahead of myself but essentially, a doorway into the human subconscious. So I went with it. It allows me to think less and feel more. I am able to follow the painting like a child instead of direct it like an adult and I love tapping into that stream of consciousness. I work fast at first, then, once the painting comes to life, as I like to call it, the colors and movement tell me where to take it and when it is complete. This in a nutshell is the origin of my body of work at the moment. In the past month I have completed 16 pieces with no end in sight, hopefully! I'm riding this wave until it crashes to the shore and starts the process all over again.
Anyway, hi. I'm Morli. Nice to meet you. :)