Artist blog about abstract figurative oil painting and contemporary collage. Discussion about painting in the studio and the creative process of painting abstract and impressionistic oil paintings.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Figurative Abstractions: Sixth In A Series
This painting is titled: "Remembering". This figure is deep in thought, looking off into the distance. Here again is the solo figure, alone with her thoughts, grappling with the exigencies of life. The canvas is 24" x 24" x 1 1/2". The paint application is a combination of thin, transparent darks with impasto lights. I used # 8, 10 and 12 filbert brushes and several painting knives to apply the paint. I call this series of paintings "Figurative Abstractions".
I always wanted to be an artist. I love the materials of art: the firmness of a hog bristle brush, the creamy thickness of oil paint, the texture of bark paper, the smell of plaster. I love stepping into the mystery of creation; not knowing what is going to happen and being astonished by the image that emerges. I'm drawn to exploring the reaches of the
imagination and the orphaned off parts of the self. I like to see what bubbles up from the unconscious mind.