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, June 3, 2009
Starting A New Figurative Collage
I started a new figurative collage a few days ago. The figure is sitting on a chair and looking out a window. I'm playing with the light/dark pattern, weaving the black throughout the picture. At this point, I'm working on the large shapes; later, I'll come back in and refine the edges and interior shapes.
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.