I’ve mentioned before my dislike of working within themes or concepts. Last time I heated up the wax I was trying to work with a theme in mind. It was confining to my process to say the least. Finally, I just started working on another panel and that was a lot more fun for me. Although I liked the way the second painting started and the first one might end up being a pretty good painting when I get back to it, I feel constrained by having to work through someone else’s idea.
SO………does this mean I am not an artist if I don’t have a concept or an idea in mind other than the formal aspects I enjoy a lot more? I don’t know as I figure that many others might be in the same boat. However, in the scheme of things, that doesn’t matter to me about what the others feel…it is what I feel for my painting that matters. I know I have to stretch myself at times to do some of these pieces by someone else’s idea/them/concept. I may find I love the piece when I get through…………oh yeah, and I may hate it and just cover that sucker up so it will never see the light of day again.
For now, I just have to trust in the process I use to make art work………and hope it is art in someone else’s eyes as well as my own. I find content in the work after it is finished and I realize where it came from. ….within me, my imagination and my experiences.
SO…out there in blog land….where does your content come from?
Oh yeah…. and here is the 20 x 16 inch encaustic painting I have in progress that was fun to work on.
Greetings from my Studio high in the Adelaide Hills where its sunny and very warm at present in South Australia
I love Blue in Process, I can see Mr Burns in there from the Simpsons on the right hand side.
He has glasses on, tilt your head to the left and you will see him as well.
Green hair and a red shoulder, have a look, he is there.
Today I paint an abstract portait in oil of a man standing by the calm sea.
The light falls gently on his face, a mild light source.
Thats whats in my head so lets see what eventuates!!
Art is wonderful and I love it that so many see so many things in our art.
Have a look at Andrew Quixley Artist on Face Book in a few weeks, you may even see Mr Burns by the sea!!
I love what you do and always enjoy seeing your new work
Best regards fron sunny South Australia downunder.
Hi Andrew………… Greetings to you as well. i will it was sunny and warm here in northeastern Texas. We are awaiting a storm. I’m going to go looking for Mr. Burns for sure.
Wonderful as usual! I am loving the blue in this one! Nice and warm! I agree if you are not on fire to do something it is nice to have nothing on your mind when you paint. It allows you to see the inside of your mind better…the little space where it all happens.