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.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Working in Oils
I've been working in oils recently. I got on a roll and painted five oils in three days. It was interesting how one painting led to another. I was thinking about the existential issue of aloneness; about how we are born alone and ultimately, die alone. There are people whom we love who are there, but we still have to go through this mystery ourselves. This is what was in my mind when I started painting.
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.