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.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Abstract Figurative Oil Painting: Second In A Series
This is the second in the series of abstract figurative oil paintings that began with the idea of existential aloneness. I found myself painting with the warm, earthy colors: Indian yellow, yellow ochre, terra rosa, venetian red, burnt sienna, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium red medium, transparent red oxide. The dark darks are a mixture of alizarin crimson and viridian. I used a palette knife and size 8, 10, and 12 filbert hog bristle brushes. I painted with very thick, impasto brush and knife work. The darks in the figure are thinner and more transparent.
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.